The totally kick-butt second album from Blue Ash`s Frank Secich and which gives complete, total proof how veteran rockers can arrive to any party and totally take it over. This is stellar material, beginning to end. That simple, that clear.Sonically thrilling. Lyrically tantalizing. Twelve tracks that will mesmerize and leave you at once feeling like you have just "experienced" an "album". The way albums used to be experienced. It tells a story from the start to the finish. It will draw you in and take you on a journey to a place that is oh so real... Circus Town. A place where song craft matters.
"Every second of this very entertaining second record is injected with vibrant, driving and muscular rock dynamics, with their stylistic blueprint drawn from somewhere in rock`s colourful past. `People these Days` isn`t trying very hard to disguise its borrowed Kinks riff, while `Elvin Dabney Professional Thief`, `I Thought I Knew You` and `Madras Man` are kissed with harmonies and jangling power-pop guitar figures.`The Post-modern Razor Wire Showdown` has a sly Tom Petty vibe to it, while `Sunglass City` and `So, This is Indiana` introduces effervescent country-rock flavours to the mixture. Chief Songwriters Frank Secich and Terry Hartmen who share lead vocals have peopled these tales of travellers, outlaws and outcasts with a curious and interesting lyrical slant. Anyone who has ever enjoyed Teenage Fanclub, Tom Petty, The Hold Steady, The Only Ones and the Lemonheads have much to enjoy here." - AmericanaUK.
"8 stars. The sound is cleaner, the compositions are tighter, and harmonies more refined. They fly out of the gate with "Elvin Dabney Professional Thief" a intricate melodic composition with multiple hooks. And they rock pretty strong on The Kinks-like "People These Days" and "The Staircase Stomp" makes good use of the carnival organ to help set the atmosphere. Another winner is the epic guitar jangle of "Madras Man" and it`s the rare pop song where six minutes seems too short. Some fast paced pop like "At Least It Worked Out For You" will please fans of The Romantics and The Cars for sure. The band pulls out the steel pedal guitar on "So, This Is Indiana" a mid tempo theme that sounds like a pop travelogue of the state. The shifts in the albums tone on the second half are a bit jarring, like the rock opera styled "Murder in The Choir" to the country rock rhythm of "Sunglass City." These songs are all highly polished rock gems that pack plenty of imagery in the lyric, and makes repeat listens necessary."- Power Pop Acholic.
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