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Mikal Cronin

Mikal Cronin Audio CD
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"As vital as the air that you breathe, you need this album in your life. Now go out and get it." —THE QUIETUS

"This California dreamer can flip on the charisma as if it were as simple as stomping on a distortion pedal — which means his vibrant new disc, MCII, might end up being the most likable rock album of the year." — WASHINGTON ... Read more in Amazon's Mikal Cronin Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Trouble in Mind
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,811 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mikal Cronin steps momentarily away from the rhythm section of THE MOONHEARTS with his debut solo release. TY SEGALL plays drums on a few tracks & helped record this platter, which also features guest spots from Ty as well as John Dwyer (THEE OH SEES). Mikal's debut is full of personal & universal themes, taking such influences as late 60s Del Shannon & The Everley Bros, a more punk Harry Nilsson or Curt Boettcher, balancing sweet melodies & chords with chunky, psychedelic guitar freakouts, filtering them through his own mutant California fuzz

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic garage/surf pop 27 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD
Pschadelic-tinged garage/surf-rock, packed full of scuffed-up distorted love songs and fuzzy freak-outs. Gloriously raw and noisy, and absolutely full of wonderfully catchy pop melodies. One of my favourite and most listened to albums of last year, and only a bit of extra variety short of perfect. An underground gem, and well worthy of the critical acclaim it's built up.

I'd ignore the 1 star review here. Sounds like they were after something bland and ultra polished. This is not that. It is imaginative, raw, and full of life and character. 4.5/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Garage-pop perfection! 17 April 2013
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Great album stuffed full of highly-melodic garage pop/psych gems...some great left-field touches, such as the demented flute(?) solo on the opening track, which reminds me of Roo-Bub-Doo-Buh-Doo by The Statesmen,one of my favourite garage tracks from the Pebbles compilations.

There are also nods to The Beach Boys and maybe a hint of Lou/Velvets on some tracks...all great stuff and catchy as Hell!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album 2 April 2013
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Mikal Cronin's debut is one of the best albums of 2011. A great mixture of garage, rock and pop. Almost all songs are potential singles (my favourite is Get Along).
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Foot In The Sixties 14 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
Mikal Cronin is the bass player with an American band called The Moonhearts
but we find him here out on his own with an eponymous solo debut which doesn't
yeild up its gifts immediately. It took me a few listens to fully appreciate
his not inconsiderable gifts as a singer/songwriter. At heart he is a child
of the sixties coming up for air half a century too late to be counted but the
quasi-psychedelic pop evinced in these ten numbers filled me with a palpable
sense of nostalgia for the heady odours of Nag Champa incense and patchouli.
(Yes! Even this Old Wolf was once young and fair and had flowers in his hair!)

Mr Cronin hasn't got the most distinctive voice on the flat earth but with,
for example, a song of the calibre of 'Get Along' it really does't matter a jot.
The spirit of the Fab Four springs into being for more than a moment in this
sprightly composition and when he sings that he is "not thinking about you",
amid a tangle of jangly guitars and loose snare-drum, we can feel the sunshine
on his face and an uncomplicated capacity for youthful emotional survival.
The cracking 'Situation' also makes its presence felt in less than two minutes
and sports a guitar solo which sounds like an angry hornet stuck in a bottle!
'Hold Onto Me' is a delightfully supine arrangement, which even the decidedly
wayward vocal harmonies cannot drag down. The lad can whistle too which is
always a very good thing in my books! The forlorn 'Slow Down' is simply lovely.

Although unlikely to catapult Mr Cronin to the top of the pile his album has bags
of energy and enthusiasm and a light touch with regard to his sybaritic muse.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly awful 18 Dec 2011
By Alan
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this CD after reading positive reviews and was not aware of the 'artist' previously. This is so awful on so many levels. I am certain I have never bought anything like it and it is going in the bin.
The first issue is the packaging. It came in a very thin cardboard sleeve like a CD single. No booklet just a track listing on the back and the name of the players. Second is the sound quality which again is the worst I have ever experienced. It sounded like my speakers were turned against the wall. No notes at all at the higher end. Next the arrangements - don't seem to have bothered. The playing - amateur. The songs - totally appalling. They sound like the local band of no hopers down at the pub pushing their dodgy self penned songs on the audience.
Apsolutly nothing here to recommend. If I could give it zero stars I would. I have seen more than one good review for this CD and frankly I cannot understand it.
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