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Classic Album Review: American Hi-Fi | American Hi-Fi

The Boston band's dial is firmly stuck on power-pop — nothing wrong with that.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Like Dave Grohl, Stacy Jones used to pound the drums in one of the biggest alt-rock acts of the ’90s — Veruca Salt. Like Grohl, Jones has since picked up a guitar and moved up to center stage. And like Grohl, his Boston group is good enough — but it’s never going to surpass his old band.

American Hi-Fi’s dial is fixed on standard-issue power-pop, complete with super-chunky guitar licks, high-altitude harmonies, propulsive percussion and ditties with catchy titles like Flavour of the Weak. There’s not a damn thing wrong with it. And if you haven’t already heard Cheap Trick, Matthew Sweet, Weezer, Wheatus, Fountains of Wayne and Best Kissers in the World, then you won’t know there’s not a damn thing new about it either. American Hi-Fi come through loud and clear, but I’d prefer if they’d change the station every now and then.