Have you heard about those new cars that Honda is making? Supposedly, they run so cleanly that the air that comes out of them is actually cleaner than it was on the way in. Amazing, huh? The Tender Idols obviously employ a similar strategy on their new CD Distressor-take a bunch of crappy pop-tunes and throwaway tracks by big stars that are polluting the airwaves and try to refine them into something better. Does it work? I dunno. While just about every one of the fourteen tracks reminded me of something by Morrissey, U2, Tom Petty, or Aerosmith at their worst-try as I might I just couldn’t hate the damn thing. Maybe its Ian Webbers haunting, British vocals. Maybe its the effortless way they rip-off these other bands. Maybe its Fighting, a Radiohead influenced fuzzy, distorted masterpiece. Maybe its because The Tender Idols are from Georgia and any band that has a black bass player from that backwards ass state cant be all bad. Or maybe its because Im sitting on the beach and its 80 degrees and its too sunny outside to be mad about anything.