Oddly enough, I'd been revisiting my old Osmonds records (guilty pleasure) alongside other family and young-star acts (Sean Cassidy, Ricky Nelson, Partridges, etc.), and contemplating the pluses and minuses of that whole gig…of which the Osmonds were perhaps the best example. But then we had Hanson and perhaps, there, the less said, the better.
This CD issues from a SoCal father-daughter-son act that still needs a lot of woodshedding, as Don't Kiss Her Face suffers from any number of problems (wooden drumming, immature vocals, high school lyrics, etc., etc., etc.). Yeah, there's a sizeable preciousness factor here, and any artistic endeavor, especially one that involves family, should be lauded, but, hey, there's the wide cruel world and guess what? Werewolf critics make their home in it. Ouch. So, consider Her Face as a vanity press rock affair, with all the benefits and deficits the mode normally exposes.
With kids so over-sophisticated today (thanx, MTV, ya bastiches!), it's hazardous to essay that this might really be a kiddie disc, but that's exactly what it is when all is said and done. There's a lot of great moralizing about teen-age and school problems, Everybody's Doin' It is a cool example, but one has to conjecture whether Madonna and Britney haven't overwhelmed adolescent ambiance so completely that work like this would ever take hold.
Oh, and the PR's very careful to gloss whether it's dad Ben Petrella or 12-year old (!) son Louis on lead guitar, but I'm pretty sure its Pops; if not, then Louis is indeed, as the promo lit extols, "a monster". The same write-up says Louis is increasingly jamming it up in live gigs, so mayyyyyybe it is him. If so, look out!, he'll definitely be a lion among players in a few years. At that point, he might want to take over the art direction duties for the family as well, 'cause the liner art and visual presentation sucks, a moronic lech-cartoon that wouldn't make the cut even among amateur fanboy manga fanatics...or maybe it would. But that's the point.
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