Party Of One Caught the Blast

Party of One doesn’t even make use of all eight tracks on some of these home-studio recordings, but the Minneapolis trio manages to get its typically confrontational, at times charmingly naïve messages across just the same. Titles like "Baghdad Boogie,” "Belgrade Sends Its Regards” and "Six Million Anonymous Deceased” suggest the band has something important to convey, but good luck settling on a concise summary. At times, front-man Alex Fifteen’s spit-and-attitude vocal approach contrasts nicely with catchy, downright danceable arrangements. The youthful spirit, passion and energy inherent to most of these tracks indicates Party of One isn’t entirely aware this has essentially all been done before. Whatever the case, now is as good a time as any for it to be done again. (Fat Cat)