Sound — 10
The Pink Spiders' sound was a refreshing breath of fresh air in the crowded sea of pop-punk/emo clones out there today. They have a poppy upbeat sound that makes listeners want to dance while still maintaining there gritty rock style. They have some old pop-rock influences show through (including the Beatles-esque Adalae) and they have some definite modern rock/pop-punk infulences in there as well. As far as sound goes "Soft Smoke" would have to be the outstanding track on the album giving off a loud, energetic vibe from the very first riff. Other stand outs include "Pretend That It's Fiction" and "Modern Swinger".
Lyrics — 9
Lyrically the Pink Spiders are fitting of their name sticky sweet but not too serious. They keep the mood upbeat and Matt Friction's scratchy vocals fit well with the music. "Hey Jane" is a stand out lyrically because it's the only serious song on the album and it's powerful and heartfelt. "Modern Swinger" and "Soft Smoke" have fast-paced, upbeat, danceable, and incredibly catchy choruses and are alway fun to listen to.
Overall Impression — 10
The Pink Spiders made a great impression on me due to their originality and just plain fun music. Everytime I play the album I can't help but tap my foot. Stand outs for me are "Soft Smoke", "Modern Swinger", and "Pretend That It's Fiction", whereas "Saturday Night Riot" and "Still Three Shy" were low points although the album overall was a wonderful listen and I could listen to it many times over. If this album were stolen or lost I would rush to the store to buy another copy. In fact, I should buy another copy just in case.