Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
The opening number, "Superelastic," offers the impression that Velo-Deluxe are merely an eccentric hard pop band, with swirling guitars, some subtle horns and odd noise ruminating in the background. Subsequent tracks expos... more »
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The opening number, "Superelastic," offers the impression that Velo-Deluxe are merely an eccentric hard pop band, with swirling guitars, some subtle horns and odd noise ruminating in the background. Subsequent tracks expose a deeper band that understands melody and hooks as well as they understand noise. Most importantly, however, they understand songs. Guitarist/vocalist/producer John Strohm croons country tunes like "Angels" with the same agility and ease as some of the record's harder numbers. All these pieces exhibit the same uniform, high quality, however, and none fits in awkwardly as a part of the whole. The band's playing works like a musical chameleon, never straying too far out of range of color, but quite comfortable in the chosen territory. This wonderful debut is a glorious find. Fans of Flop, The Posies, and Love Battery will no doubt appreciate the fine pop songs and fantastic songwriting. Unlike the vacuum cleaner on the cover of Superelastic, Velo-Deluxe do not suck. --Adem Tepedelen
Sounds just fine
John L Murphy | Los Angeles | 10/26/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"An accurate time capsule now of the mid 90s era when indie rock shifted from college radio to grungier bands, John Strohm & bandmates create therefore a harder-edged sound than John had with the Blake Babies and later (I think) Antenna. I liked it when it came out, especially the track Alibi. Listening again recently, the CD seemed more samey than I remembered. It's a bit too close to Smashing Pumpkins, mostly, although with a much less whiny vocalist!
It's all good mid-tempo rock music, with no clunkers, but with the possible exception of the first half of Alibi, heard today, it's rather undistinguished, workmanlike, and unassuming. The songs tend to plod on with little variety once they're set up in motion, and even Alibi drags too much. Repetition weakens the simple song structures. The best quality is the Midwestern (Indiana) vibe with a folkier touch with guest musicians on a few cuts; this diversity's welcome amidst the clamor."