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Classic Album Review: Muzzle | Actual Size

The California guitar-rock quartet have trouble getting a leash around their sound.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Maybe the title is meant to be ironic — isn’t everything these days? — but Actual Size doesn’t give you a clear picture of what this California guitar-rock quartet look like. Or, more importantly, sound like.

One minute they have the refined, sugary grind-pop of Weezer. They they switch to the slick ’70s shtik of Urge Overkill. Then it’s the breezy Beach Boys bounce of Barenaked Ladies. Then the grungy pop of Best Kissers In The World. All of which is well and good. Still, Actual Size could have been a lot bigger if Muzzle could get a leash around its style.