Boy Genius – Staggering Album Review

Boy Genius hail from the musical hotbed of Brooklyn, NY, yet have none of the stylings one would expect from a such a stereotypically hip community. A sort of off-kilter country-tinged pop blend in the vein of Wilco and The New Pornographers, Boy Genius fail to draw much interest in continued listening. Very well-produced and put together, the record sounds decent for an unsigned band, and that is definitely a positive. It is easy to imagine this sounding great in a small NY club, although there is a lack of national appeal. Unfortunately, the lyrics are horrendous, especially on the second track “Blame Love,” which has a terribly repetitive chorus. It gets worse from there, and with nothing else to lean on, this basically ruins the record. Gag reflex in effect.


Judy Nelson