Get Set Go

At first blush, the song titles on Get Set Go's CD ordinary world ("I Hate Everyone," "My Wasted Life," "Suicide") make it look like just another slab of overwrought emo self-abnegation. But surprise! Instead, it turns out to be a fine, ambitious, varied, hook-filled, acidically misanthropic garage-pop song cycle that actually manages to justify a nearly 80-minute running time. Vocalist-guitarist-songwriter (and apparent Roald Dahl acolyte) Mike TV has stumbled upon fresh, exciting ways to do the self-loathing shuffle. Blithely sung lyrics along the lines of "Every time I think that everything is gonna work out someone comes and kicks me in the balls" might not earmark the disc as an instant classic, but it's at the very least a garden of hateful, tuneful delight, and the often-anthemic songs practically beg to be heard in a live setting. Don't miss out!
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Scott Faingold