Maybe it's because he felt oppressed by females as drummer for Veruca Salt, but when Stacy Jones (who also drummed for another '90s alt mainstay, Letters to Cleo) formed American Hi-Fi with guitarist Jaime Arentzen, bassist Drew Parsons, and skinsman Brian Nolan, he used the forum to smear the human race's better half. While his overdetermined pop punk and hypersensitivity set Jones apart from losers such as Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, even his tunefulness sounded turgid. "Flavor of the Weak," the Cheap Trick–meets–Green Day hit off their self-titled debut, poisons Billie Joe Armstrong's snotty delivery with barely concealed disgust. Jones' crush, it turns out, dares to date a dude who likes "Nintendo" and getting "stoned." What happens when he gets the girl? He blames her for the loss of something unnamed but apparently very important: "You fucked it out of me," he half wails, half sneers at a lover in "My Only Enemy." The Art of Losing, released after a pointless live disc, matches American Hi-Fi, cut of bitter fluff for cut of bitter fluff. "Run away from me," he snarls in "Beautiful Disaster." Happily. (NICK CATUCCI)

From 2004's The New Rolling Stone Album Guide




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