One of the jobs of a music critic, as I see it, is to rein in some of the hyperbole while letting fly with some of their own. However, in the case of Rochester's The Results' new album, "No, Really," the band is way better than the hype. A few classic clichés and metaphors sprinkled about would actually take the steam out of The Results' attack. So let's try our best.
First of all: Buy this record. It'll fit nicely on the shelf between Stiff Little Fingers and The Queers (yeah, I know it's not alphabetical). Need more? OK ... "No, Really" is a guitar-driven, snide and snotty collection of non-ironic punk rock. I say "punk" in reference to the speed, volume, gang vocals, and attitude — The Results can play. The band takes a detour right from the start with a cool, hip-hop breakdown on the tune "Black Confetti," and later, it kicks into a slow Skynyrd groove on "Reaper's Hook," which frankly caught me pleasantly off guard. Punk, Southern rock, hip-hop. That ain't no hype.