Picks and Pans Review: The Downward Road

updated 05/17/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/17/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The Pursuit of Happiness

Before punk meant Mohawks and slam dancing, it stood for a kind of cheesy wiseacre lifestyle, sex-obsessed and harmlessly cranky. In that sense these guys are punks.

The Toronto quintet's third album is its best yet, power-pop at its punchiest. Credit goes partly to producer Ed Stasium (Ramones, Living Color, Smithereens), partly to lead singer, songwriter and adorable malcontent Moe Berg. He's the kid whose hormones overflow in the bump-and-grind rocker "Nobody But Me," listing till the ways he knows of satisfying his girlfriend. By the time he gets to the rowdy "Bored of You," he's decided that such sensitivity only ruins relationships. For Berg, the Pursuit of Happiness is not just a band name, it's a one-track way of life. (Mercury)

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