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Best effort yet from Joe Pernice,
By A Customer
This review is from: The World Won't End (Audio CD)
At last, a Joe Pernice album that's a joy from start to end. Recognisably the follow-up to 1998's Overcome By Happiness, although Joe has recorded two albums under other names in the interim (Chappaquiddick Skyline and Big Tobacco), The World Won't End retains the strings and lustrous melancholy of the first Brothers album, but adds a gutsier sound that gives the minor chords something more substantial to offset. We're a long way from the ennervating alt.country mopings of Scud Mountain Boys here - the single, 7.30, and standout track Flaming Wreck are indicative of a power-pop approach that requires no sympathy for America's folksiness.
Not that this is a Green Day album, mind. Some of the tracks wouldn't sound out of place on Overcome By Happiness. And there's the obligatory (in Perniceland, at any rate) acoustic track at the end - only this one, Cronulla Breakdown, is peformed with a buoyancy that makes it one of the best things on the album. But knowing the tenderness is an option, rather than all that's in stock, makes all the difference.
Melodic, moving and smart, this has enough crunch to make the Pernices' soft centres more digestible than ever before. In fact, delicious. (Oh, and smashing jumper, Joe.)