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The Stands - an affair with the 60's?
on 23 February 2004
I wondered what The Stands album would be like since everyone in the music press seems to be content with stating they are just like The Beatles, Dylan, The Byrds et al. That influence is there without a doubt, and some of the songs tip a definate nod to some of the best tunes by those artists, but don't let this put you off. When you hear "always is the same/shine on" you will be convinced: Gentle acoustics, echoes of Lennon at his best, gliding bluesey piano, the bass and drums that could be right off a Plastic Ono band album, and some gorgeous harmonica make for one of the best tracks this year.
The gently psychedelic " The big parade " is a waltz consisting of wobbly double tracked vocals, acoustic guitar, mellotron, and cello and sounds like the best record The La's never made. The sounds on this track work incredibly well together.
All in all, some fantastic harmonies are scattered through this record that unashamedly sound like Lennon and McCartney, the Beach Boys and The Byrds. It's very easy to make these comparisons, and the sound is certainly 40 years old, but it's there to be enjoyed and listened to for what it is..there's something very interesting going to happen when these guys really get going.