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Minor Alps - There and back,
This review is from: Get There (Audio CD)
This album by the Minor Alps is garnering attention from many quarters and took the prize of this weeks Sunday Times album of the week. It brings together a collaborative studio release from long-serving US indie rock pairing comprising singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield who formerly worked with the Lemonheads and Matthew Caws of the excellent band Nada Surf. This is by no means a gritty album but it packed full of enough solid melodies to draw you back for further listens and celebrate a very interesting musical partnership. The best way to describe the music is to employ the old fashioned term "power pop". This is music that is not heavy rock yet still packs a punch. Listen to the pounding "I don't know hat to do with my hands" and you get the perfect feel for the album vibe. Punchy melodies layered upon intelligent lyrics and melodic flair are the order of the day. In terms of "Mixed Feelings" you detect a punky classic screaming for wider recognition while the lovely "Lonely Low" recalls Hatfield's former partner Evan Dando at his best. The dreamy electronica of "I wish you were upstairs" also impresses and is the type of song that insidiously infiltrates your brain.
The album gets better and better on repeated listens although it does at time lack variation and variety hence the dropped star. Indeed if all the songs were like the opener "Buried Plans" a sort of Fleetwood Mac driven track with a twist then five stars would follow. As it stands a quick listen on Spotify may convince you that this album could well be a nice stocking filler for those family members not in search of the latest "One Direction" for a present.