CLASSIC! IT`s all here fans of pure, sweet and gooey power pop. Stop! Go - below. Start clicking on those little audio buttons. Dive in. Revel. If these samples don`t make you inch up a smile on that pouting, disbelieving mouth, head on out onto a new internet super highway as Not Lame`s no place to wasting your time. "Fan The Flames opens with E.H.M., a bit of guitar power-pop at its finest...Golden Bloom isn`t the sort of project that is likely to get a lot of popular radio play, but that may simply be a sign of the high quality of the music on Fan The Flames. Like Wilco before them, Golden Bloom creates a sound that is accessible and poppy without selling out their vision of what the music should be. Fan The Flames is a significant release, worthy of your attention and time." - Wildy`s World.
"9 out of 10. Fan the Flames is terrific. A pop record all the way with hooks that are both occasionally obvious yet totally effective. Opening cut "E.H.M" starts with some catchy roller rink organ and then a searing guitar hook to equal one of the catchiest songs you`ll hear all year while on "Doomsday Devices" you might mistake his vocals for Jeff Tweedy but Tweedy hasn`t delivered anything this snappy since Wilco`s debut record...They say the greatest art comes from the most pain and while I don`t claim to know where Fogel`s head was at when he wrote Fan the Flames , it`s ok. I don`t want to read too much into it. I just want to listen to these 9 superb songs and marvel at their simple beauty." - Blurt Online.
"One of those supremely satisfying pop records that hit the listener with hook after hook...mixing upbeat power pop with a bit of country twang, punctuating it with the occasional ballad. [Fogel] shares the same kind of playfulness that Ben Kweller used to have in his early days, making this a very easy album to like." - Exclaim. This one came out in 2009 and I missed it - so did a WHOLE lot of folks as I just tripped across this one by accident. Frustrating as it would have been in my Top 10. Hmm, maybe I`ll just call it 2010 release so more hear about it! The Point: A gem, a true star, Golden Bloom is special for a majority of Not Lamers and,yes, yes...Extremely Highly Recommended!
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