At its most precious and cutesy, Ultimate Fakebook recalls Weezer. When it just plugs in and rocks, the band takes its crunchy guitars and tales of misspent youth to a much better place. The 14 songs on This Will Be Laughing Week use the time-tested three-minute pop theorem, which maintains, 'If you can't say what you need to say in less than three and a half minutes, you have nothing to say.' And while Ultimate Fakebook really doesn't say much in the end, the adherence to the time limitation gets the tunes in and out of there before they have an opportunity to sag. There's also a passion running through these grooves that speaks to these guys' love for rock and roll, even if it seems as if quite a big chunk of it was learned in the '90s alt-rock battleground. This Will Be Laughing Week doesn't offer anything new, and its best song -- the ultra-hooky "Tell Me What You Want" -- grabs its working pieces from every power pop/punk act from Cheap Trick to the Replacements. Still, you gotta dig the gusto.
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