|Care Bears on Fire
I Stole Your Animal
by Nicholas Hubbard
When I started bringing up J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye with friends of mine about two months ago, there was a general consensus that a person needed to read it in high school. I didn’t, so I was allegedly SOL. I finished the book this week, and people were wrong. Adolescent woes ring true for anyone who experienced them. I liked Holden Caufield and what he had to say for this reason.
I like Sophie, Lucio and Izzy of Care Bears on Fire for the same reason. They may sing about weird MySpace relationships and the 12345678 grind of being a teenager, but I can still relate. I can still relate ‘cause they do it well.
Yes they follow a very standard punk/garage pattern, but hey, it’s not easy to pull off. 2/3 of it is in the attitude, and not all bands can be so composed. They launch right into “Everybody Else” like they’ve been playing shows at major clubs in NY for ten years. There are only a few low points on I Stole Your Animal, “Victim of Rock and Roll” and “You Walk Away, hich suffer from too much cliché and fluffiness, and “Baby Animals,” which like the idea of a petting-zoo heaven, skirts some line between cute and sad.
“I Must Know Why” and “Shadow Girl” are the kind of ballads that you hope will come from a high school perspective, whether or not you might feel you’ve outgrown questions like “Where do stars go in the light of day?” My personal favorite, “Jack Brown,” provokes significant consideration. When Care Bears on Fire have played major clubs for ten years, they’re going to rock.
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