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Reviews for Clever One CD/LP (2002 - Pink and Black/Fat Wreck)

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Forget all those retro clones, the FLIPSIDES have the spark and spirit that pushes them to the top of the heap damn quick. Killer!"

 

 
- Ray Lujan, MaximumRocknRoll #245

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The Flipsides push the melodic punk envelope, shoving in so many hooks, it's a wonder the UPS let them through the metal detector."

 

 
- Jo-Ann Greene, All Music Guide

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Clever One is The Flipsides' debut album and their unabashed enthusiasm is totally contagious. First track “The Best of Times” leaps out as confidently as Cheap Trick in their late 70‘s prime. The Flipsides will simultaneously charm you and blow your hair back...Get it."  
- Aaron Ambrose, fm sound.net

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It's refreshing to see an awesome new power-trio like The Flipsides pop out of the city's fog shrouded music scene. With good melodic sensibility and enough edge to appease the punk purists, the Flipsides certainly seemed poised for broad-based appeal."

 

 
- Jeff, Amplifier Sept/Oct 2002

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This band can really write anthem-like pop songs that you feel you know only halfway through the first listen...a fresh sound that's just gonna peel away all your jaded skin and make you feel like the good ol' days are starting over again."

 

 
- LD, American Music Press Oct 2002

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The Flipsides deliver a fresh sound in the power-pop realm with their debut full-length album, Clever One...it's evident that The Flipsides have a knack for melodies that crawl in your head and sing back to you all day long."

 

 
- Johnnie Wentz, Bay Area Buzz Sept 2002

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With songs that cram nearly ridiculous numbers of hooks into snuggly guitars, overblown bass melodies and singer/guitarist’s Sabrina Stewart’s emphatic, though sugary, delivery, The Flipsides leak all-star pop from every seam. Quite simply, The Flipsides are in a league of their own."

 

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Brimming with solid melodies yet edgy enough to fit the power-pop billing, This three-piece turns in a great performance on Clever One...The Flipsides debut full-length is a richly melodic listen."

 

- Christian Roth, Zero Magaine

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Pay attention! If you haven’t heard of The Flipsides you’ll be glad you heard from me and I guarantee you will hear of them again. They are the perfect combination of pop and punk. I can’t say enough good things about The Flipsides. They are an awesome band and their CD really rocks!"
- Katie Kiedyk, Coolgrrrls.com

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The Flipsides have dared to break free of the mold and have rekindled my love for pop punk. This twelve track disc is full of catchy songs that just fill you with energy. I have been listening to this disc solid for two months and I do not see an end to this habit any time soon."
- Matt Sergent, Rant Magazine Sept 2002

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For those who never heard these guys yet, I'm sure it won't be too long before you do. Rock n roll power pop that lays somewhere between the likes of Green Day and Elvis Costello and the Attractions, but sprinkled with some sweet female vocals. Be sure to check them out."
- Kirk, Heckler

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Pink & Black is is getting warm again with an exciting female-fronted band by the name of The Flipsides...They may be a new band, but they have established a sound usually found in veterans."



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Every once in awhile the musical gods smile on me...Clever One opens with the magnificent "The Best of Times" and flows into hit after hit of goodness. I wish most of these bands would simply retire, and buy the Flipsides album."

- Ben Matulich, attackactionhelicoper

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THE FLIPSIDES r o c k - und zwar ganz vorne! "


EP Reviews [2000, out of print]

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The self-titled Flipsides CD EP dishes out first-rate rocking punky power pop tunes replete with hot hooks and big crunchy guitar action. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Sabrina Stewart drives the Flipsides’ train with style, and I can only hope that we will be hearing much more from her over the next several years! Diehard power pop devotees will want to check out this San Francisco band ASAP!”





- No Wave, 10/2000

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Out of the mouths of babes...this 5-song CD is all about the rock. This rock’n’roll love affair is young, fresh, and honest. The babe in question here is lead singer Sabrina Stewart, and let it be known she’s got a big crush on rock. Yes it is a young love but just think, the best is yet to come.”

- Hit List 11/2000

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Boy where have I been? This local band puts out a great 5-song disc here with great gal vocals. Almost like THE MUFFS with the singer of VELOCITY GIRL, or maybe its straight new wave a la HOLLY AND THE ITALIANS. Anyways, a new band to me that sounds pretty damn cool (Ray Lujan)."




- Maximumrocknroll 10/20

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"Awesome production and songwriting! Bunghole-tight instrumentation and flawless vocal harmonies! Why, it’s a goddamn bubblegum hit factory! Check the label! It’s gotta say K-Tel!"

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"This Bay Area trio rips through five songs worth of great power-pop. The opening "The Best of Times" is a roaring song reminiscent of the Muffs, but with a little more sunshine to the melodies. Other rockers on the disc ("Punk Underwood" and "I Like You") serve up plenty of butt-shaking grooves...the result is pop heaven."

- Splendid 10/2000

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"The Flipsides are coated in sugar with all kindsa hooks and melodies. They are quite intense; filling my room with infectious power pop punk that’ll get your head boppin’ to the beat. Sabrina’s silvery vocals can only do the Flipsides justice. If you are into ultra catchy power pop and lots of energy you will have to look into the Flipsides! There’re 5 tracks including, "The Best of Times" and "Punk Underwood." (JD)

 

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