Absurd Pop Song Romance

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All Music Guide - Michelle Cross
Right from the top, Absurd Pop Song Romance conveys a sense that Pansy Division has evolved from its early days of no-holds-barred homocore. The first track is a brief, eerie sound sample, immediately followed by "February 17" -- a track with all the upbeat rock power of previous albums, but with a decidedly more serious, frustrated tone. On the other hand, the next track, "Sweet Insecurity," reverts to a happy, mellow pop
ock beat with sweet, self-doubting lyrics. The album proceeds to deftly flex various stylistic muscles, from anthemic rock riffs that pulse forward, to the simple power-chord pop-punk the band is renowned for. These ...
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All Music Guide - Michelle Cross
Right from the top, Absurd Pop Song Romance conveys a sense that Pansy Division has evolved from its early days of no-holds-barred homocore. The first track is a brief, eerie sound sample, immediately followed by "February 17" -- a track with all the upbeat rock power of previous albums, but with a decidedly more serious, frustrated tone. On the other hand, the next track, "Sweet Insecurity," reverts to a happy, mellow pop
ock beat with sweet, self-doubting lyrics. The album proceeds to deftly flex various stylistic muscles, from anthemic rock riffs that pulse forward, to the simple power-chord pop-punk the band is renowned for. These shifts are something Pansy Division has proven to have a great talent for on its singles collections, but has not always used to full effect on its full-length albums. There is a notable movement away from predominantly sex- and queer-focused lyrics on Absurd Pop Song Romance, but singer/guitarist Jon Ginoli's earnest and humorous approach to subjects is retained in full, whether the tone is cynical or celebratory. All told, the album shows maturity of style while remaining true to Pansy Division's roots -- fun, honest, catchy, and energetic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/8/1998
  • Label: Lookout Records
  • UPC: 763361019820
  • Catalog Number: 198

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 [Untitled Track] (0:18)
  2. 2 February 17 (3:20)
  3. 3 Sweet Insecurity (4:02)
  4. 4 It'll Never Be The Same (3:30)
  5. 5 Better Off Just Friends (3:50)
  6. 6 Too Beautiful (2:43)
  7. 7 [Untitled Track] (0:42)
  8. 8 Luv, Luv, Luv (2:34)
  9. 9 [Untitled Track] (0:22)
  10. 10 The Best Revenge (5:09)
  11. 11 Bad Boyfriend (2:28)
  12. 12 [Untitled Track] (0:53)
  13. 13 You're Gonna Need Your Friends (3:16)
  14. 14 Tinted Windows (2:02)
  15. 15 [Untitled Track] (0:57)
  16. 16 Glenview (3:19)
  17. 17 Used To Turn Me On (4:58)
  18. 18 Obstacle Course (3:04)
  19. 19 Vicious Beauty (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pansy Division Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Bob Frankich Saxophone
Kirk Garrison Trumpet
Jon Ginoli Guitar
Sara Wollan Cello
Miriam Sturm Violin
Technical Credits
Pansy Division Producer
Steve Albini Engineer
John Golden Mastering
Joe Gore Engineer, String Arrangements
Adam Sandler Composer
Kirk Garrison Horn Arrangements
Frank Wiedemann Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Even better live

    I first saw Pansy division over a year ago in some vacant retail building space in downtown Eugene, Oregon. The crowd was small and the location sucked, but despite that they were a lot more fun than most large concerts. Their music is really catchy and in a lot of ways uplifting. This album in general isn't as corny as they've been before, but the change is nice. You guys rock!

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