By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
The demanding do-me track "Take Off Your Clothes" is drunk dialogue between a horny, groveling Claret and a Sweet Action reject who wants to get acquainted first. Fat chance. As if she doesn't have two or three dudes on the back burner ready to go right now?
The album's hard-on relies on instant gratification. With brash riffs and Claret's scuffed nasally screaming, "Nu Rock" damns the posers who are too cool to get into the groove the way Morningwood do on the rock 'n' roll roadhouse stomp "Easy" and the cheery '80s pogo-pop "Nth Degree."
But Claret's most established shtick involves being both the cooing, eyelash-batting sex kitten and the screaming, impatient mega-bitch in order to get her way right away. This bipolar act is reflected by the music's minimal new wave puttering leads into the rowdier, more explosive "Jetsetter," "New York Girls," and "Everybody Rules." Like waking up with a two-by-four in your shorts after a night of nonstop boning, it's amusing but ultimately too predictable to be disarming.