I LOVE this band. I saw a previous bad review and thought the author was a hard rock snob. I like good pop music as much as I like good rock. SH's previous were smart, funny and rocking. Everyone who I shared the group with liked them, even the hard rock and metal crowd.
The new CD commits the worst crime of all... it is the most boring CD I now own. Were they going for an American audience? (bland, homogenized stuff they play on the radio here). I really tried to like this. I like ABBA, the GO-GOs and many other good pop bands, but this is nowhere near that standard.
At times it reminds me of mediocre Shania Twain... then it just gets .. embarrasing. I'm pretty sure Miley Cyrus outrocks this.
I rarely rate stuff, but at $20+ this is pricey. Buy their first 3 CDs or look futher, there's alot of excellent music out there if you spend the time looking.
Please girls, go listen to the Kills, Sleater-Kinney or some old punk stuff (try Tristan Prettyman if you are looking for a new direction) and get your fun back before the next CD.
...Still love the band and will be looking for next release.