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What the Critics are Saying:

"On [Shirley Kramer], [The Pinecones'] lucid powerhouse of a [first] album, the O[akland], [Californi]a, [quintet] emerge as masters of hard-rock atmosphere. As Soundgarden proved with Superunknown, there are a million little intricacies to pulling off what sounds like big enormous rock. And [The Pinecones] are all over them: [Shirley Kramer] is rock of unusual focus and arrest, a beautifully distressed dance of sustained style and unapologetic emotion." — James Hunted, Bowling Scone

"'Shirley Kramer' is the only album in history that rocks more than my band's new CD, 'Toxidity.'" — Serj Tankyoo, System of a Clown

"This Pinecones album makes 'Iowa' sound like Perry Como singing the Will Oldham songbook." — Number 3, Slipknut

"Fills the void until the soundtrack to the new Britney Spears movie comes out." — Lisa Lubner, Pre-Teen People

"Mediocrity has never been this much fun." — Mikal Gilbore, Night Bleat: A Shadow History of Insomnia

"Confidential to 'Pinecone':Don't quit your daycare." — Bocephus Box, Magnut

"The Pinecones are proof positive that peppy punk rock will persevere permanently." — Daniel Shrinker, Plunk Panet

"If I were still alive, I would call the arrival of Shirley Kramer a milestone in the history of rock & roll." — Lester Bangs, Kreme

"Move over Strokes, here come the Pinecones!" — Nick Kant, Nu Mucous Express

"The most hook-filled, funny, intelligent slab of molten power pop since the last Stroke 9 record." — K. von Smith, film writer/director/producer/actor

"Why buy a new set of Elvis Costello reissues from Rhino when you can buy 'Shirley Kramer' instead?" — L. V. Sisking

"This album contains the most vile, licentious, blaspemous, putrid music imaginable. The people who made it should be exterminated, especially the Jewish ones." — Osama bin Laden, religious fundamentalist

"This album contains the most vile, licentious, blaspemous, putrid music imaginable. The people who made it should be exterminated, especially the Jewish ones and the homosexuals." — Jerry Falwell, religious fundamentalist

"Oh yeah, and the homosexuals. And the woman, she went to college." — Osama bin Laden, religious fundamentalist

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