Brilliant Colors have delivered a second album of similar intent and execution to their first: a template of garage rock, lo-fi punk, ’80s jangle and faux-naif vocals shunted just a smidgen out of tune for that ‘authentic’ DIY presentation. The San Francisco three-piece sound like clean tarmac streets and bowl-cut kids playing in double garages, sheltering from the rain and making soapbox cars. Too bad that’s a life they’re too young to know first-hand. Jess, Diane and Michelle (they even sound like the Babysitters Club) have laid down a handful of competent pop moments on ‘Again and Again’, like the delightfully scratchy anti-solo on ‘Back to the Tricks’, but the album fizzles out with a whimper after 10 songs and 30 minutes. I enjoy a sip from the bottomless cup of retromania as much anyone, but my taste for this has truly waned.

By Chal Ravens

Originally published in issue 30 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. July 2011.