Album Reviews: Pink Razors by Chixdiggit!While some of their labelmates seem to bear the weight of the world on their shoulders, Canada’s Chixdiggit! focus on the smaller things in life, like lost Vuarnet shirts and girls met online. Their sugar-rush brand of punk is the stuff of school’s-out movie montages, making it hard to discern the supposedly rigid Fat Wreck template. When frontman K.J. Jansen goes into his higher, whinier registers, Chixdiggit! sounds more like Coheed & Cambria than NOFX.
Pink Razors is a power chord album, and it’s a good one, chock-full of pogo-stick riffs and shout-along choruses. Unfortunately, it lacks the killer song(s) to burrow deep into the subconscious. It’s a solid partier, but it’s not a party starter. Musically, the veteran band isn’t changing their ingredients at this stage in the game, although they bust out some video game electronica on “Nobody Understands Me” (a highlight, along with “Geocities Kitty”). Lyrically, Jansen shows signs of reluctant age (wistful nostalgia, failure to relate), but he keeps the proceedings thoroughly light-hearted and up-tempo. He’s a likable lead presence and his characters and stories succeed in feeling both personal and universal.
In a different genre, the album’s brisk run time would fall into EP range. Here, though, it keeps the lesser songs (“J Crew,” “You’re Pretty Good”) from lingering. In lieu of a hidden track, Pink Razors includes an entertaining and intermittently informative “director’s commentary,” in which the entire album is quietly replayed underneath a lively band discussion. - Adam McKibbin
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