Plenty to like here.
Stephen Doig | New Zealand | 07/16/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"On recommendation from reputable UK music magazine Uncut I gave 'Overcome By Happiness' a spin, and true to form it deserves it's glowing reviews. The Pernice Brothers are justly considered to be right up there with the likes of Lambchop, Flaming Lips, and Willard Grant Conspiracy in the resurgence of American Rock/Alt.Country, however their sound veers closer towards string-laden pop. What Pernice Brothers do well, and they do it very well, are adding lovely symphonic touches and melodic inflections which lift a good song into an airborne one. When the strings flood in two-thirds of the way through the title track and Joe Pernice sings ".. you, don't feel the waves crashing out of your eyes" the musical tsunami hits. Similarly, the repeated refrain in 'Wait to Stop', the fragile piano arrangement in 'All I Know' and opener 'Crestfallen' all achieve spine-tingling bliss. Though not every track reaches such heights, these few songs are still fine in themselves and the album nothing if not a wholly enjoyable listening experience."
Brian Wilson meets the Byrds...
Gregory R. Sollars | Sherman Oaks, CA United States | 08/24/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I recently got the current Pernice Brothers album(The World Won't Listen), which I love, and when I subsequently went to see them live, they played songs from this album that were so good I had to get this record as well. I'm glad I did, because the whole album is terrific, not as great as TWWL, but not far behind either. Right from the opening notes of the first song, "Crestfallen", Joe Pernice is in total command of his melodies. What little I knew of the band before purchasing any of the records led me to believe they were more country than pop, but it's the other way around. The short track "Sick Of You" sounds like it could have come off of 'Pet Sounds', and the title track is a lovely, nuanced song that reminds me of Burt Bacharach's more elegant compositions. The record is full of memorable hooks that make you feel OK for listening to pop music. Highly recommended."