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  • Tales of Great Neck Glory [Geffen, 1996] A-

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Tales of Great Neck Glory [Geffen, 1996]
Rather than hiding their privilege behind obscure witticisms, these alt-rock everyboys tell it like it is for their cultural class--bright, affluent kids who still have more options than they know what to do with. "History hounds" and "encyclopedi-ites," they write mash notes to their own characters and detail manageable traumas like bankruptcy and agoraphobia over hooky post-Pavement dissonances. They're about hedonism not idealism, choice not necessity. Puritans will ostracize them unless and until they succeed. Then they'll try and burn them at the stake. A-