Somebody buy the Reputation a time machine, because if this CD'd come out in 1994, when Liz Phair and Belly were gracing the front of monthly glossies, this Chicago-based quartet would've been huge. By today's standards, though, their 10-song sophomore album sounds horribly dated. Sure, they've got some decent hooks and the performances are competent, but really, what's the point? Their college rock attack sounds forced, and vocalist Elizabeth Elmore's good-girl/bad-girl steez barely rises above the band's crunch, so the only fate for this record is the discount bin.
The Reputation swing by the Poor Alex Friday (October 8) and hit the Horseshoe Sunday (October 10).