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RELEASE
1987
LABEL
Enigma Records
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Jangle Pop, College Rock, Power Pop, Paisley Underground, American Underground, Alternative/Indie Rock

Album Review

Game Theory leader Scott Miller has never made much of a secret of his fondness for Big Star, but while Real Nighttime favored the sound of #1 Record and The Big Shot Chronicles suggested the harder-edged tone of Radio City, Lolita Nation sounded like Game Theory's variation on the themes of Big Star's masterfully damaged swan song, Third/Sister Lovers. Certainly Game Theory's most ambitious album, Lolita Nation was a two-LP set that combined some of Miller's most user-friendly power pop with dark, moody ruminations on betrayal, failed love, and mortality, bursts of avant-garde noise, and fragments of unclassifiable studio doodling, all thrown into a sonic Cuisinart through Miller's aggressive use of aural montage. Lolita Nation is more than a bit disorienting on first listen, though it finds the band playing at the top of their form on challenging material (new guitarist Donnete Thayer makes an impressive debut), and there are more than a few flat-out brilliant tracks (such as "Chardonnay," "The Waist and the Knees," and "The Real Shelia") alongside such head-scratchers as "Turn Me on Dead Man," "Watch Who You're Calling Space Garbage Meteor Mouth," and the 22nd track (which stubbornly defies titling). Taken as a whole and given time to fully absorb, Lolita Nation is probably Game Theory's finest and most impressive album, though it's also the worst place for a beginner to start examining their work.
Mark Deming, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Kenneth, What's the Frequency?
  2. Not Because You Can
  3. Shard
  4. Go Ahead, You're Dying To
  5. Dripping With Looks
  6. Exactly What We Don't Want to Hear
  7. We Love You, Carol and Alison
  8. The Waist and the Knees
  9. Nothing New
  10. The World's Easiest Job
  11. Look Away
  12. Slip
  13. The Real Sheila
  14. Andy in Ten Years
  15. Watch Who You're Calling Space Garbage Meteor Mouth/Pretty Green ...
  16. Where They Have to Let You In
  17. Turn Me on Dead Man
  18. Mammoth Gardens
  19. Little Ivory
  20. Museum of Hopelessness
  21. Toby Ornette
  22. All Clockwork and No Bodily Fluids Makes Hal a Dull Humbert/In ...
  23. One More for Saint Michael
  24. Choose Between Two Sons
  25. Chardonnay
  26. Last Day That We're Young
  27. Together Now, Very Minor