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Classic Album Review: Treble Charger | Detox

The Canadian alt-rockers remind you their songs are winners, even if they aren't.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Nice guys really do finish last. Even if they start first. Take it from Treble Charger.

These Canadian alt-rockers have been plugging away for a decade now, perfecting their brand of hook-laden, hummable pop-rock. But while they’ve been toiling away from coast to coast — and scoring the occasional hit like 2000’s American Psycho — their sound has gone the way of the swing revival. But do they care? Nope. Detox, the boys’ fifth release, once again shows they’re one of the best bands most folks have never heard of and probably never will. Too bad — these 11 songs are nuggets of solid-gold pop-rock from start to finish, crammed with infectious hooks, bright beats, strong melodies, singalong choruses and vocals that remind you of Sloan or Matthew Sweet (which are, come to think of it, two other great unsung pop-rock heroes). With Detox, Treble Charger prove their songs are winners, even if they aren’t.