Having spun this album for the last two days solid I feel I can say that it's up there! As with 'spilt milk' and 'skylarking' it hasn't got one single filler on it. It's inspired and well crafted power-pop at it's absolute best. The overall feel is retro with use of strings, mellotron, acoustic guitars and harmonies but the band sounds fresh, contemporary and timeless with nods to The Beatles, Beach boys and XTC. The sheer quality (identity!) of these songs will make this band huge one day! So, anyone into Aimee Mann, Michael Penn, XTC & Andy Partridge, The Beatles, Jellyfish, Jason Falkner, Beach boys, The Posies, Elvis Costello, Elliott Smith etc. should seriously consider getting this album! This album and the previous 'earworm' can both be found on Itunes in case they're sold out here.
" I simple refuse to believe, all of the bad, 'cause this could be good!!" This Could Be Good (Pugwash)
Head Pugger Thomas Walsh is a man in thrall to ELO, late period XTC, The Beatles and Roy Wood. This record is a classic collection of harmony driven, snappy powerpop and lovely ballads. There are no fillers. The sound production is lush and the orchestral arrangements, by Dave Gregory, perfectly realised. Mr Walsh is an erudite lyricist with an ear for a captivating melody and a knack for writing chorus's that simply lodge themselves in your brain and won't let go (very Neil Finn in places). He possesses an expressive voice pitched somewhere between Lennon and McCartney, with a hint of Skylarking era Andy Partridge, and knows how and when to employ seductive vocal harmonies. Released on the small indie label 1969 Records, Jollity was sadly overlooked on its initial release in 2005. Do yourself a favour and hunt it down - if you like your pop/rock with brains, melody and big big hooks then this long player will be a revelation.
Highlights - The Beachboys like 'Nice To be Nice', The Oasis with A Levels 'Something New', the Beatley 'This Could Be Good', 'Poles Together' and the magnificent Andy Partridge co-write 'Anchor'.
See also '11 Modern Antiquities' and 'Earworm'.
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Im very Very picky about artists and of whome's albums i will purchace . Over the last 2 years i have only bought 4 albums and been entirely happy with what i have recieved, Jollity being one of them. These guys have an air of Crowded House about them, I dont mean style or composition. What i'm trying to convey here is that this album can bookmark a time in your life and become a theme to almost all lifes little ups and downs. Most of all is how fast the songs grow on you and how familier you become with them, like they were always part of your collection. To me, crowded house can have the same effect. Style wise, you can find a hint of the Beatles finer tracks with a twist of the beach boys up lifting tones, Power Pop at its best. Always in my books one of finest combinations. Not unlike Apollo Sunshine, another fine relativly unknown band which like Pugwash i fully embrace every song. Have to add, Its nice to see Neil (Divine Comedy) get involved with these chaps, and neil if you ever read this, Victory For The Comic Muse was another one of the four albums, top stuff, anyho. Pugwash Fantastic Musicians and a fantastic guy!
MartD \m/ rock on!
TOP4 Albums ive gotten in the last 2 years, I.N.P.O Katonah by Apollo Sunshine Jollity by Pugwash Victory for the Comic Muse by Divine Comedy Songs For The Deaf by Queens of the Stone Age