Personal Best [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Of all the punk records to come out of the 1990s, Personal Best comes closest to actually recapturing the sheer passion and rage which originally spawned the movement two decades earlier; where other bands whine on endlessly about running out of beer money or losing the right to skateboard in the park, Team Dresch confront real issues -- bigotry, oppression, religion, self-worth -- with a sense of conviction and immediacy that lays to waste everything in their path. For an album that lasts less than 25 minutes, Personal Best is a draining, relentless experience -- it explodes on contact, the cumulative result of years of pent-up anger, frustration and desperation finally ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Of all the punk records to come out of the 1990s, Personal Best comes closest to actually recapturing the sheer passion and rage which originally spawned the movement two decades earlier; where other bands whine on endlessly about running out of beer money or losing the right to skateboard in the park, Team Dresch confront real issues -- bigotry, oppression, religion, self-worth -- with a sense of conviction and immediacy that lays to waste everything in their path. For an album that lasts less than 25 minutes, Personal Best is a draining, relentless experience -- it explodes on contact, the cumulative result of years of pent-up anger, frustration and desperation finally allowed release. What distinguishes Team Dresch from the vast majority of their queercore compatriots is that they never put their politics ahead of their songs -- each of these ten tracks is airtight, with melodies as blistering as the lyrics. And while some songs are explicitly polemical -- "Hate the Christian Right!" would undoubtedly send Ralph Reed into apoplectic fits -- and others like "Growing Up in Springfield" are deeply personal, there's ultimately no separating the two; Personal Best is above all a call-to-arms, which in the end is exactly what a great punk record should be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/1995
  • Label: Chainsaw Records
  • UPC: 759718121124
  • Catalog Number: 11
  • Sales rank: 94,955

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Team Dresch Primary Artist
Jody Coyote Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Donna Dresch Bass, Guitar
Kaia Kangaroo Guitar, Vocals
Marci Martinez Drums
Technical Credits
John Goodmanson Producer
Team Dresch Producer, Cover Design
Peter Hawkinson Package Production
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