Album Review: Violent Femmes – Hotel Last Resort (PIAS)

Violent Femmes

By: Jesse Striewski

At first glance I wasn’t expecting much from Hotel Last Resort when it’s title track failed to impress. But once I was able to give it my full attention, I was able to see it for what it truly is; a decent album that at times echos some of the Femmes’ quirkiest classic work a la “36-24-36” or “I Hate the TV.”

Right off the bat, listeners are hit with a one-two punch with tracks via “Another Chorus” and “I Get What I Want,” which are quickly followed by the upbeat single “I’m Nothing” (if you get a chance, check out the video that goes along with the latter, it’s sheer harmless fun). Meanwhile, songs like “Paris to Sleep” add a softer touch to things.

Weak spots (other than said title track) include odd numbers like “Sleepin’ at the Meetin'” and a somewhat curious rendition of “God Bless America” that closes things out. Still, a few bad apples are not nearly enough to dissuade from the rest of the album, which is a far improvement over the band’s last effort, 2016’s We Can Do Anything.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

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