Actually, 4.5 stars
M. Lohrke | Provo, UT | 08/26/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"when listening to cottom mather for the first time, sure, you think, 'dood sounds a LOT like john lennon.' well, that's music for you. people have similar voices. deal with it. and for what it's worth, musically speaking, cotton mather and the beatles are on opposite sides of the spectrum.
reference points aside, 'kon tiki' is a brilliant album full of great hooks. alternately sad ('lily dreams on', 'spin my wheels') and exuberant ('my before and after,' 'vegetable row'). in the post-'ok computer' age, it seems people forget the simplicity of the standard vocal/guitar/bass/drum lineup. a band doesn't necessarily need all the filler if the songs are tight, and fortunately cotton mather has more than enough chops to forgo the 'wabbly keyboards.'
with 'lily dreams on' featured in the final episode of veronica mars' first season, hopefully they'll start to get a little more well-deserved recognition.
Maybe biased, but this is an amazing CD
musicman | Austin, TX | 09/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"OK, I'll admit it.
I'm in Austin, grew up on the Beatles, and saw these guys at Stubb's in town. My opinion is hardly objective. But I am truly blown away that this CD could come from such a unheralded (and local) band.
I won't say it's perfect. In fact, half of the songs don't work for me. But you have a good five, six songs that are truly alternative/pop gems. My Before & After, Homefront Cameo, Password, She's Only Cool, and Church top the list.
It's 2000 indie meets mid-era Beatles, done very well."
Pop Confection Perfection
Glenn Nippert | Alpharetta, Georgia United States | 12/23/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Of all the Beatle sound-alike artists I have ever heard, these guys take the cake. I could swear that's John Lennon on lead vocals and the melodies to "Vegetable Row", "Homefront Cameo" and "My Before And After" would make McCartney proud. This album plays like the missing link between Rubber Soul and Revolver. The band never really transcends their Beatle influence/obsession which is o.k with me. That's what we have Oasis for."