8/10 Mike Staff review, 07 February 2014
Interesting reissue alert! As you are probably aware by now, grunge is officially back. We've got youngsters like Cloud Nothings, Henry Blacker, Dope Body and Kal Marks turning up and injecting new life and personality into a genre long thought dead and buried. One band who never went away, though, is Girl Troubles, who continue playing today over in the Northwest USA, and whose 1988 debut album on K/Sub Pop I have playing on my stereo right now. 1988 was of course also the year that Sub Pop put out the debut 7" by the single most important band of the 1990s.
As for the album itself, it's a lot of trashy fun; fast-paced Cramps-worshipping rock'n'roll with buzzing Davie Allan fuzz-surf guitar lines and simple pounding rhythms. There's a lot of classic '50s rock'n'roll tropes going on here but with a gnarly drunken punk rock swagger. I'm enjoying it a lot. If you wish the Cramps were grungier, you should listen to this.
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