"Parts of My Bicycle are Made of Chrome" (Face Down Records; 2001)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Based on the interestingly-titled "Parts of My Bicycle are Made of Chrome" Taggart  are a band who are hard to put a finger on. The first track, "Lifeboat" reminds you of Cheap Trick. You know, that solid hard rock with a pop sensibility. But then track two comes along, "Weekend Politics," and things get a little more alternative. By the time track 3 comes around, the punky-ballad "Chelsea," all bets are off.

But I guess that's a good thing if you're looking for a band that colors outside of the lines. "Parts of My Bicycle are Made of Chrome" is an always-surprising listen. You never know what to expect from track to track. But that also makes things a little uneven as well. Taggart switch styles often, someetimes right in the middle of a song, and it can be a little disconcerting.

My favorite track would be "Heavy Pedal" which features a menacing guitar with Kurt Cobain-like vocals. Again, it's another suprise on an album that wanders through styles from Cheap Trick to The Clash to Nirvana but I'll give Taggart this much: At least they're consistent in their variety.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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