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Imagine a psychedelic tangerine juiced into a punch spiked with pop rocks for zest, served with a tantalizing goober grape sandwich, and you'll have an idea what the Goo Goo Dolls were nurtured on. Hold Me Up, the Dolls' third LP, is a rollercoaster of all the joy and pain two guitars, drums and a couple of bothered voices can muster. With all the youthful exhuberance of Lemonheads circa Hate Your Friends/ Creator or Tied To The Tracks-era Soul Asylum, this Buffalo threesome come off as the freshest power-pop we've heard in a couple of years, or at least since 1989's Jed. Just dip into "Laughing," the lead cut-if the sing-along chorus doesn't bowl you over, then watch out for the fiesty power chords and the bouncing bass-line. Other fave candy corns include "Just The Way You Are," "There You Are" and "Hey." And there's a little bit of Buffalo, NY, history in the two cover songs. The tongue-in-cheek cover of Prince's "Never Take The Place Of Your Man" is sung by Buffalo cocktail-bar legend Lance Diamond, and the spirited version of the Plimsouls' "A Million Miles Away" (remember that classic power-pop hit from Volley Girl?) was written by head `Soul Peter Case, who's also from Buffalo.
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