Review: The Art of Self Defense by Pepper Donovan of the Syracuse New Times
Actually a quartet from Ohio, the Stepford Five amounts to better-than-average art rockers who worried more about making a good album instead of the perfect single. For instance, "Aquarium Blues," which is far removed from the 12-bar variety, captures the attention with its inherent energy. In many ways, the foursome sounds like an updated version of the Replacements, offering the same rock drive, superior arrangements, lyrics and Midwestern honesty, all dressed up with more modern guitar effects. Not a masterpiece from a band probably capable of making one, The Art of Self-Defense is a disc worth knowing about before everybody else does. 4 out of 5 Stars (denotes a damn good album and one worth considering).