Third Grade Teacher Reveals the Secrets of the Uni[CD]
This fierce, fearsome schoolhouse-rock quartet mixes pretty pop and heavy space-rock with wild abandon. One fan sums up the new record with the mandatory what's-yer-cross of Sonic Youth meets the B-52's, and that suits 3GT just fine. Yes, Sabrina really is a third grade teacher, and Laura, David and Rob also have the power and authority to discipline your ass. Third Grade Teacher Reveals the Secrets of the Universe is the band's newest and best album. No kidding. 'Third Grade Teacher is heavy, except when they're pretty and sweet, or when they're playing rock anthems, or when the birdcall vocals enter, then you're not sure what's going on any more, except that it's right. Third Grade Teacher writes songs that, after a couple of listens, you seem to have known for years. Except when they're so goddamn heavy you simply beg for more pummeling. They have respect for the classic order of hook, riff, and pop structure, but bend it to suit their mutant vision, where every genre is seized by the throat and made to serve them, the Roman Empire of anthem rock.' -- Nicholas Johnson, author of BIG DEAD PLACE: Inside the Strange & Menacing World of Antarctica.
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