neal agneta – big takeover, issue 68, spring 2011

pink pig stink – unless you’re already acquainted with philadelphia’s taggart, the prospect of an odds and ends rarities compilation from a band that can only boast a regional following certainly sounds like a hard sell – or is it?  the three early replacements covers included here alone (“color me impressed,” “favorite thing,” and “don’t ask why”) might be enough of a draw for die-hard fans of paul westerberg and co. to investigate pink.  taggart may have adopted a few choice traits from the ‘mats, but their smash ‘n grab approach falls more in line with twin/tone-era soul asylum.  potent originals like “pictures” and “same day surgery“ make a compelling case that taggart can rest on their own laurels; but if it’s more remakes your heart desires, they ably satisfy with weezer and who renditions to boot. (the big takeover)

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