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The Trucks - The Trucks

Released on Clickpop Records, 10/17/06

Raucous and frank, The Trucks self-titled debut album barrels along with 13 tracks that are infused with a distinctively frustrated female flavor not completely dissimilar from the Donnas and to a lesser extent, Hole. These young women from Bellingham, Washington admittedly have a certain air of frustration that gives an edge to some of the tracks and the subject matter explored is not completely disinteresting, but it’s likely better efforts lie ahead for the Trucks.

The "Introduction" track is a tongue in cheek musing on five years spent in therapy and an expected five more that at least elicits a few chuckles or at least a smirk. It’s hard not to admire the Trucks for their self awareness. Kudos to the Trucks for being aware of their flaws, foibles, and shortcomings…including manic depression. What’s more of a turn on than a woman who could wake up depressed or manic? Every day’s an adventure!

"Titties" is a similarly tongue in cheek track that muses on the often misguided assumptions men make about getting in women’s pants. Specifically, "what makes you think we can fuck just because you put your tongue in my mouth and you’re twisting my titties, baby?" In addition to taking sex as a given, The Trucks also delve into the frequent assumption that men know how to get a woman off. All too willing to enlighten, the Trucks implore, "you need some lessons on how to get me off."

The frustration continues with "Shattered". Giving voice to the all too common error made by women that just because a man can’t keep his hands off you, it means he loves you. A track that likely resonates for more than a few young, idealistic women gives voice to the thought, "I thought you were the one, but I was wrong." Not willing to take being mislead lightly, the Trucks "won’t sit nice and be quiet."

With sexual frustration and unrequited love covered, the Trucks move on to a failing relationship in "Come Back". Infused with synthesizer and rhythmic drumbeats, this vaguely melancholy and romantic track is eerily reminiscent of 80s pop. It’s a decidedly different tone and feel than most of the tracks on The Trucks and a welcome departure from the seemingly omnipresent frustration that permeates the entire album. "Come Back" exposes a slightly softer side of the Trucks.

While the Trucks cleverly choose subject matter to sing about that is provocative, it’s not terribly unique. Their lyrical construction is not particularly eloquent and tends to get a bit tedious and repetitive on more than a few tracks. In some cases, you’re looking at one line/refrain repeated continuously. One or two tracks like this might work, but it shouldn’t be the bulk of your album. The Trucks isn’t a bad album; it’s just not particularly inspired.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars