Their third finest album
Robert Moore | Chicago, IL USA | 03/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"OK, being as objective as possible, I know that PRESENT TENSE/TONGUE TWISTER is the better album/albums, but this one is very, very nearly as good. Overall, the songs on the earlier albums were a tiny big stronger, a bit fresher, and a little more energetic. That being said, my favorite Shoes song, "Torn in Two," with some of the coolest harmonies on record, is on this one. And that alone gives this album a special place in my heart.Again, being as objective as possible, I know that there are better bands than the Shoes. But over the years, I have to admit that I have probably listened to the three albums mentioned here as much as any others that I own. And that ought to tell you something. Music that you enjoy having as part of the texture of your life."
dev1 | Baltimore | 07/11/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Although the Shoes have been releasing catchy power pop music for the past three decades, they've managed (unfortunately for listeners) to escape mainstream acceptance. Being praised by critics and shunned by the public is not unusual for this genre of music. The overall character of Stolen Wishes is innocence - streetwise posturing and tough-guy attitude are completely absent. Lyrically, the CD is heavy on puppy love (perhaps adolescent infatuation is an outdate moray). They're every bit as melodic as the Beatles (I Don't Know Why), and they do some soaring Hollies 3-part vocal harmonies (I'll Follow You, Love Does). Byrds' jangling rhythm guitars? Sure, they've also got that pretty much down pat (I Knew You'd Be Mine, Never Had It Better). Stolen Wishes is filled with pristine melodic ballads (I Don't Know Why) and rockers heavy on bass guitars and drums (Want You Bad, I Can't Go Wrong). It would be easy for fans of Dwight Twilley, the Kennedys and the Raspberries to appreciate Stolen Wishes. If I had to choose one band which sounds most similar to the Shoes, it would have to be the Records. Contagious stuff."
Pure catchy power pop!
dev1 | 10/28/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of my favorite CDs. One you'll play over and over and over once you get it. Not a bad cut on the album. If you like Cheap Trick, Material Issue (their 1st album was produced by Shoes' Jeff Murphy), the Byrds, the Beach Boys or a host of other power pop bands, then this CD is worth seeking out!You can hear the Byrds influence in the sharp harmonies."