Very glad I happened upon this band. It actually came up on my Vivian Girls (a garage-y, girl punk band) Pandora station, luckily. I found the album to be immediately great and I feel rather ecstatic every time I listen to it, which makes me think that I might be over-reacting; I can't say how long that feeling will last--in other words, will this album sound equally good after 100 listens and two years? Don't know. But so far so good.
I love the mid-fi production with the voice buried deep in the mix, making it more of one of many sounds. The lyrics are mostly indecipherable and the singer could be Japanese for all I know (I know he's not). The mix and production is less like '90s low-fi (Guided by Voices; Sentridoh) and more like early REM (Murmur or Reckoning). It sounds like it was recorded in a room with what some would call bad acoustics--resonant to the point of echoing, for example; don't let this scare you: it sounds great! The band sounds unlike any other group I know. At first I thought maybe there was a steel drum in there, but it's really just a unique and trebly guitar chiming out an odd--and sometimes shrill--but fascinating sound. Fans of non-hardcore punk and slightly noisy music take notice.
To contradict the negative review--the band's apparent live energy (unfortunately, I haven't seen them) translates beautifully to their recorded sound. Every song is played with the greatest urgency. And I'm afraid the talent fairy has nothing to do with it; it's about taste, and clearly the negative reviewer doesn't like the cut of the Vigodas' jib. Personally, I don't think there's a bad cut on the album. The band might be vulnerable to charges of repetitiveness with the songs on this album, but again I like their sound so much that I have to gainsay that possibility.
Last, the band's name is brilliant! Who would think that a bunch of young punks from LA would lay down an homage to a 1970s TV star? Who could ever forget a show about an old, irascible, New York Jewish-Italian cop? But perhaps they appreciate AV more from The Godfather than the show Fish (or Barney Miller)?