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re-hashing the wrong bits of the 70s,
This review is from: Stuck On Nothing (Audio CD)
I received this from Rough Trade as one of their monthly Album Club offerings. Usually these are excellent, but sadly this is not.
What you are presented with is, ostensibly, a re-run of sun-soaked Californian pop/rock, circa 1975. Unfortunately it sounds rather too like Bachman Turner Overdrive for my liking. The overriding feeling is of indie rock (which this definitely is) trying too hard to sound like something else. The effect is of a band whose heart isn't really in it, trying to fake something, which would be passable if what they were trying to fake was good in the first place. But whereas Midlake's The Trials Of Van Occupanther draws heavily on Fleetwood Mac and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, this draws on the J Geils Band. Wrong choice. There are even some very hackneyed guitar solos on this CD, which are unforgiveable whether or not they are intended to be in any way ironic.
It's kind of ok, and may sound passable in an open top car on a very sunny day, but when listening I kept thinking "these people sound like tossers". Then I saw the band photo, and they look like tossers. Sound like tossers, look like tossers - it can only mean one thing...