Entertainment Weekly (6/11/93, p.61) - "...Their debut showcases loud guitars, two-to-three-minute garage rock anthems, and Kim Shattuck's sensitive/tough-girl shouting..." - Rating: B+
Q (10/93, p.107) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...16 tracks to make anyone's day just that little bit better..."
The Muffs: Kim Shattuck (vocals, guitar); Melanie Vammen (guitar); Ronnie Barnett (bass, background vocals); Criss Crass (drums, percussion, background vocals).
Additional personnel: Korla Pandit (Hammond organ); Jon Spencer (Theremin).
Producers: David Katznelson, The Muffs, Rob Cavallo.
Personnel: Kim Shattuck (vocals, guitar); Ronnie Barnett (vocals, electric bass); Criss Crass (drums, cymbals, percussion).
Liner Note Authors: Kim Shattuck; Ronnie Barnett.
Recording information: Control Center Studios; Devonshire Studios; Kiva-West Studios; Sound City.
Photographers: Arlan E. Helm; Eric Nakamura; Vicki Berndt.
Having played in the Pandoras before forming the Muffs, Kim Shattuck and Melanie Vammen exhibit a level of musical maturity sometimes lacking on debut albums. The Muffs is a powerful pop-punk album that has Ramones-styled power chord rockers in addition to more laid-back and soothing numbers. The band sounds more intelligent than Ramones, but they certainly aren't an intelligent punk band, by any means. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this album is how the lyrics fit in precisely with the mood of the music. ~ Matt Carlson