The CD kicks off with the bombastic punk rhythms of "Money Changes Everything." Children of the eighties are sure to recognize this Cyndi Lauper classic, but will surely be blown away by the supped up tempo. On the "Song that Won't Go Away," Kottak takes acoustic strumming and mixes it with straight-up rock arrangements. Vocalist Jimmy Ratchitt has just enough scratchiness to give him that weathered vocal sound without sounding overbearing. "Do You Want to Play" is loaded with plenty of crunchy guitar tones and a hook laden chorus. Driving chord progressions take hold of "Funday," while Ratchitt's lyrics will have you singing along. "Life Support" barrels along with rhythmic abandon courtesy of Athena Lee. The chugga-chugga riffing helps add the out of control feel.
"Pink/Soft" is just plain bad. It makes no sense or connection. Anthena handles vocals on "Anti." The song is already annoying with the group chanting in the background, but Athena's rap-style vocals really have no feeling or appeal. It also takes away from the continuity of the album. I would not start off my new album with someone else's song.
Kottak bill themselves as Green Day meets Cheap Trick on a bad day. I'll agree that they delivery all of the energy and frantic punk rhythms that Green Day are known for, but they don't really hold a candle to the songwriting and musicianship of Cheap Trick. That's not to say they're bad, just different. For a debut outing, Kottak still manage to produce a straight-up rock record that's worth a few spins in your disc changer.