Shonen Knife has such a long history and such a wide range of material that each album is fun discovery. In spite of its snappy melodies and catchy guitars, Heavy Songs rates just behind Brand New Knife, Rock Animals, and Happy Hour - which by their standards make this a breezy, fun record full of humor and fun.
All the songs on the A-side are great, and the flip is solid if no revelation. But for most, this record definitely passes the test, and it unfailingly puts a grin on your face. Even the "heaviest" song here - "Heavy Song" - is a slow but wonderfully amusing story of Atsuko's attempts at dieting. Of course, SK fans will find this further evidence that they've rebounded from Michie's departure and their only truly disappointing CD, "Strawberry Sounds." Shonen Knife are a consistent and appealing band with an honesty that can't be manufactured.