Redd Kross – Researching The Blues

Researching The Blues is a half-hour pop-fuelled fantasy world of girls, self-belief and the state of the world soundtracked by Monkees melodies and effervescent harmonies. On their first record since reuniting after a decade long hiatus in 2006, the band recaptures the sugary six-string rush of energy that tweaked so many ears on their 1982 debut Born Innocent and the Phaseshifter album a decade later. From top to bottom, Researching The Blues is packed with watertight powerpop songs that overflow with Cheap Trick glam riffing and heady choruses courtesy of brothers Jeff and Steve McDonald. Fun, exhilarating and primal.