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Some Girls Heaven's Pregnant Teens

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01. Beautiful Rune 02. Hot Piss 03. Dead In A Web 04. Warm Milk 05. You'll Be Happier With Lower Standards MP3 06. Ex Nuns / Dead Dogs 07. Totally Pregnant Teens 08. Bone Metal 09. Marry Mortuary 10. Religion II 11. Skull's Old Girlfriends 12. Retard And Feathered 13. Deathface
2006 Epitaph Records
Our score 7

by Cory
2/13/2006

When Rob Moran and Wes Eisold formed Some Girls a few years back as a side project built on their hardcore roots, it seemed instantly doomed to fall into side project purgatory after their debut 7" The Rains. After solidifying the lineup with the Locust's Justin Pearson, they stepped up from side project to full-on "super group" status and now in 2006, their fourth release and first official album arrives (as Moran departs) on Epitaph, one of the biggest indie labels on the planet. Unfortunately, as the band continues to develop and find its own identity, the intensity that fueled the group's earliest recordings faded a bit, replaced instead by more elaborate song structures and deliberate pacing. Some Girls have dialed back the fury a few notches and attempted to fill the holes left with deceptively sharp production and caustic guitar riffs. For many listens, it just didn't feel right. Listeners unwilling to embrace this obvious musical development will most likely be disappointed by the reigning in of the previously unbridled fury on Heaven's Pregnant Teens, but hopefully they can also appreciate the many good things about the record. At just over twenty minutes, this record is actually longer than all the band's previously released material combined, however much of the disc's length has to do with excessive length of the disc's closer "Deathface," a nine minute piece of repetition that could have easily been left off without disappointing anyone. Rather than linger on my disappointment with this track, I'd rather focus on the first twelve tracks, many of which are excellent. While many of the bits and pieces that make up this record might not seem particularly inspired, the interplay between them all makes most of the songs work. The formulaic hardcore of "Hot Piss" works when followed by the bi-polar "Dead In A Web" and the schizophrenic "Warm Milk." In many ways, these guys have such a mastery of hardcore that even hearing them play within the preset parameters can be impressive. The use of densely layered noise and distortion is one of the main things that helped define Some Girls on their last two EPs and Alex Newport (one of the most underappreciated engineers working today) has managed to put every piece of this puzzle together just right to create a sound that Backstabbers Inc. would have killed for. I really don't think there's a candidate for a single anywhere on this record, but it definitely could appeal to fans of either more traditional hardcore and punk or more progressive varieties. Both Eisold's voice and his demeanor seem to have changed quite a bit since his American Nightmare days, as this album finds him less introspective and far more abstract. The general themes at work here seem to be teen sexuality, religion and drug abuse, but at times the sounds of words seem far more important than the words themselves. Regardless of what one might have been expecting, Eisold delivers yet again, proving he's got more in his bag of tricks than self-effacing tales of lost love and fits of rage. Oddly, the disc's most compelling lyrics don't appear in the liner notes; those to "Religion II," a brutal attack on Catholicism that features lines like "do you pray to the holy ghost when you suck your host" [Editor's note: this track is actually a Public Image Ltd. cover, therefore the lyrical omission] Bottom Line: If I said that I wasn't a bit taken aback by some of the changes in Some Girls, I'd be lying. It took me quite a while to really come around to this record. It's certainly not quite as fun as All My Friends Are Going Death and it's certainly less strange than The DNA Will Have It's Say, Heaven's Pregnant Teens is ultimately a logical and welcome step in the growth of a band that finally seems to understand its own dynamic. If their first releases exhibited a regained youthful energy for these veterans, this record reveals an undeniable musical maturity.

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jq_ 2/13/2006 7:32:07 PM

first


theguyfromcameo_ 2/13/2006 7:34:51 PM

i fart constantly


p33n_ 2/13/2006 8:44:20 PM

Religion II is a cover by Public Image Ltd.


bambam_ 2/13/2006 8:49:13 PM

best album of 2001


SETHDLH_ 2/13/2006 9:03:12 PM

shit band


wlpg_ 2/13/2006 9:10:49 PM

didnt read the review, i saw the 7 and realized that cory still dosen't have a f*cking clue what hes talking about


fuckingfight_ 2/13/2006 9:19:53 PM

this record is f*ckin' rad


anaturaldisaster_ 2/13/2006 9:24:21 PM

Didn't really dig the older stuff, but I was fairly impressed by this one.


Fur_Beach_ 2/13/2006 11:18:27 PM

great band, great cd, great lyrics. A+


lambgay_ 2/13/2006 11:24:45 PM

so...did you like it or hate it? I can't tell


Dimitri_from_Paris_ 2/13/2006 11:29:37 PM

This is the best hardcord record of the past 18 months and probably the best hardcore record since You Fail Me. Everything before this by some girls was scattered and unfocused and ultimately the songwriting was contrived by what was done by these members' previous bands. On this one though, the band for the first time sound like themselves and its arguably alot more intense than anything they did in the past. All the hooks and quality songwriting you could ever want exist in every minute of thi


xote_ 2/14/2006 2:22:07 AM

I really enjoy this band alot... havent heard this yet but im sure i'll like it all though I am a huge fan of the 7's.


Shane_ 2/14/2006 12:31:05 PM

This album is great, in that it is probably the most abrasive piece of music I have ever heard. Deathface is perfect. This reviewer is something of a retard.


senorscarlet_ 2/14/2006 3:18:41 PM

I really hope "retard and feathered" is making fun of etid. I was so disappointed with that song on their record.


Surfjam_ 2/14/2006 4:27:28 PM

i found this cd in an alley behind chain reaction a month ago along with like 50 some girls posters


TheReapersSon_ 2/15/2006 4:27:12 AM

Good CD, but the last track is really pointless. They played it obnoxiously when I saw them live, and the lead singer is a drunk-looking, half-dead egotistical jerk gay.


panzer_ 2/15/2006 4:45:30 AM

Cant forget he's missing a hand too. I wonder if that jackass will ever get off his high-horse and stop f*cking pigs. The old saying really fits for him ... just because you take dick doesnt mean you need to be one.


wizardsbeard_ 2/15/2006 4:14:33 PM

it's okay to come to a conclusion. no need to dither. decent record.


flargon_ 2/23/2006 12:44:46 AM

this shit is f*cking gay. the music is crap and all you f*cking morons are ridiculously stupid. get a f*cking life


Kai-Uwe_ 2/25/2006 4:23:54 PM

the world would be better without this record.


pluto_ 12/7/2006 5:47:55 AM

someone needs to f*cking slap you jerks! if this amazing band wanted any shit from you they'd pick it out of your teeth. Lambgoat is the epitome of dogshit, and this review proves it. Bunch of stuckup btichfaces's.