Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
The history of Southern power-pop updates itself again with this Chapel Hill band who've obviously road-tripped to Radio City more than once or twice. Summertown is perfectly titled, but its songs are situated more in the ... more »
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The history of Southern power-pop updates itself again with this Chapel Hill band who've obviously road-tripped to Radio City more than once or twice. Summertown is perfectly titled, but its songs are situated more in the waning days of August than in the June days when the hot sun hasn't yet replaced the cool breeze. In "The Apple," a guy can't get his girlfriend to take her Walkman 'phones off to listen to his ardent declarations, while in the title track, sheets fading on a clothesline are a thinly disguised metaphor for a dying romance. This Chris Stamey-produced debut album is every bit as charming, and a little sad, as that image. --Rickey Wright
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Pleasant enough, but
Bill C | San Jose, CA | 07/27/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As long as Chris Stamey lives, there's no worry that pop music will fade away. This is a nice enough disc - tight harmonies, lots of guitar - but it's just too wimpy (check the ultra-fey vocal on "NYC"). IMHO, this is the same problem that dogs The Apples In Stereo, The Hang Ups, and a lot of other bands - their range is too limited. Big Star gets cited in just about every pop music review, but what gets left out is that those guys had a chip on their shoulders that came across beautifully in their music ("Thirteen", "You Get What You Deserve", etc.)."
As good as powerpop gets
Brian C. Taylor | Tallahassee, FL USA | 02/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm surprised none of the other reviews mention the Connells or Fountains of Wayne. To me, these guys sound like a perfect hybrid of the aforementioned bands. Very catchy, good melodies, better-than-average lyrics. The guitar sound is one of the things that really sets this album apart from most other pop bands. There are some really nice intertwining guitar lines, reminiscent of Television and Big Dipper (does anyone remember Big Dipper?) One of my most satisfying purchases in years."
Extraordinary mod rock ******
Bill C | 02/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These guys are musicians to watch. The Big Star / Teenage Fanclub comparisons fit, but when I hear "Down with Peter Green" I also hear some '66 Who somewhere in there too, or some early early U2....a mod and edgy Anthem to ...who knows. Great production with strange little details thrown in the mix for good measure. If you like your power pop straight up ... wonnerful wonnerful as Lawrence Welk used to say."