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4.0 out of 5 stars THE VIBES ARE GOOD, 7 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Wondermints (Audio CD)
The WONDERMINTS, yet another late discovery for me, this time over fifteen years late. Conversely, there's a timeless beauty to much of this album so maybe I'll forgive myself. But this is also as close to American pop perfection as it's likely to get: fine musicianship and meticulously crafted harmonies and melodies with just the right amount of edge and complexity - without which, I guarantee, I couldn't otherwise have gone near. The Beach Boys are an important influence here and several tracks bear the style and intelligence only Brian Wilson would have brought to a song once upon a time, and the effect is powerful and evocative. Lyrically, there's a pleasing off-the-wall eccentricity to certain numbers in addition to one of the weirdest samples, taken from my favourite film of all time, 2001: a Space Odyssey. So, the vibes are good, there's a glut of unusual chords, and that suits the (musical) tastebuds just fine. There's even a reference to Lost in Space in the album's artwork(!?) You'll find all this and more.

STANDOUT TRACKS: Not an inferior one amongst them but PROTO PRETTY (despite the most jarring, crowbarred-in middle eight imaginable), GLOBAL VILLAGE IDIOT, IN A HAZE, PLAYTEX AVIARY and CARNIVAL OF SOULS are the best. Other interesting tracks you should check out on Youtube are AUSTIN POWERS, the (rejected) COORS AD song and a low-key but excellent version of Abba's KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU.

Oh, and yes I (now) know the Wondermints formed part of Brian Wilson's backing band when he played his complete Pet Sounds album live in London a few years ago. Life imitates art imitates life imitates...next stop, Bali.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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