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APRIL 24 2014



The press release caught my attention, which isn’t always an easy thing to do at first scan, but just seeing the list of influences starting with ‘The Beatles’ and ‘Queen’ and then ‘The Beach Boys’; ‘Boston’  and ‘ELO’ allowed this to jump the queue…


All I can say is great press-release because the album itself sounds just like cheesy alternative pop rock. I mean it’s good cheese and good pop, and I definitely get the lighter of those influences but you could equally level the accusation that it was more like a light pop take on ‘Sugar’ or ‘Soul Asylum’ with a few shovels of added sugar. It’s the harder sounds of ‘How Do I’ that start to make sense of some of those rockier influences, but the song is still, despite the backdrop of riffs and a nice solo, a kind of bubble-gum-pop-punk anthem. It’s satisfying in one way but far too saccharine sweet still.


Having said that you can’t help but love the immediacy of ‘One Man Pop Band’ that opens; even if the ‘circus sounds’ interlude is a bit obvious. The twang of ‘She Makes Me Feel’ is a more traditional sweet pop song underwired with some nice keys and strings, but it’s not enough to make you want to OD on the album just yet.


‘She’s a Girl’ (an odd title there) is another slice of pop this time with faux-sixties sheen. ‘You’re Great’ makes sense in that you can feel a little of ELO and The Beatles under the surface, but more in style than in substance. ‘Ninth Moon’ is the song that tips the balance for me and the most complete slice of the cake here with its alt-pop sixties-soaked sound dripping with just the right balance of ingredients and accents.


Elsewhere the album is good to great  and while there may not be anything truly memorable for a rock fan, or someone fixing on the ‘Queen’ or ‘Boston’ in the list of influences you can appreciate the art. Best of the rest are ‘Join the Party’ which like ‘Ninth Moon’ has some real teeth and ‘The Long Slow Road’ which is quirkier and almost ‘Small Faces-like’ in intent, both may be sandwiched mid-album, but there’s enough layers here to please those prepared to dig in. Juan and Ryan have done a great job that should solve the problem for those with a sweet tooth.


Check videos for “The Long Slow Road” and “Walk Away”



by Mark Diggins