Though certainly an improvement over the stiff Far Gone
, Straight Freak Ticket
still fails to match the creative level and fuzzy warmth of 1992's Dayglo
. Of course, the explosive pop fury on the opening "Fuzz Factory" won't convince you of this, because that song is the best one Love Battery
has ever written. From that point, however, things get bleaker, despite the band's Beatles
influence being more pronounced than usual. On many of the tracks, singer Ron Nine
seems lost; other songs are dull and biteless. Love Battery
does manage to create some great pieces of pop music; these points are scattered throughout the album, however.