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Fantastic Explanations (And Similar Situations) by Cheap Time

Cheap Time

Fantastic Explanations (And Similar Situations)

Release Date: Oct 5, 2010

Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Record label: In the Red Records


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Album Review: Fantastic Explanations (And Similar Situations) by Cheap Time

Fairly Good, Based on 3 Critics

AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10

Discussing the Los Angeles punk rock scene, Rodney Bingenheimer once opined, "Punk is just dirty glitter," and while Jeffrey Novak's hometown of Henderson, TN is a long way from L.A., he sure seems to have taken Bingenheimer's theory to heart. Novak's band Cheap Time sound rough, snotty, and urgent on their second album, Fantastic Explanations (And Similar Situations), but the defiant shrug in this music's attitude could have come from T. Rex, Alice Cooper, or the New York Dolls, and the raunchy guitar figures, swaggering melodies, and tempos more suited to hair swinging than the pogo strongly suggests Novak's greatest influences aren't just old-school punks but older-school glam rockers.

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Prefix Magazine - 60
Based on rating 6.0/10

It's a little too easy to compare Jeffrey Novak's musical arc to Jay Reatard's. Both are (or, sadly, in the case of Reatard, were) Tennesee-based garage rock musicians who have managed to accumulate several projects to their names. Both have recorded material as one-man bands before moving on to full band settings. It is at this point where the two artists split.

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Tiny Mix Tapes - 60
Based on rating 3/5

You may have missed it in the wave of like-sounding garage rock records released around the same time, but Cheap Time’s full-length self-titled debut was a jagged, catchy little booger, a buzzing distillation of sneering, bubble-gum vocals, blown-out bass, and chintzy fuzz boxes. In short, it was a near-perfect pop-punk record, owing its considerable charm less to originality than to pure guts and pop vigor. The band’s followup, Fantastic Explanations (and Similar Situations), doesn’t go out of its way to sound different from its predecessor.

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