by Asher Klein
Lotion takes a lot of the same subject matter as Archers of Loaf but gives it a kind of Daria twist. The band's songs tend to be more or less three to five minutes of tight drums and guitars that would feel grungier if it weren't for Tony Zajkowski whining about something off-putting, like "You think I'm sleeping when I peek and see your bra" or maybe a "monster truck of shame." Every song comes from the point of view of some guy (or in one case a dog) who wants someone he can't have. Despite the upbeat lilt of "Rock Chick," it's got metal-heavy subject matter—but as with a lot of Lotion's songs, there's something in the poppy arrangement that encourages you to look at disappointment with playful irony, not anger, and leaves you feeling a lot less helpless than the speaker is.