New trio from the U.K. featuring Barry O` Brien, who long time Not Lamers may recognize. An excellent energy-infused power popping event that brings back the heady new wavey days of the late 70s - an early Elvis Costello and high-energy Joe Jackson feel with `Slumberjet`. The material here leaps out of your speakers with a pure pop abandon as a skinny-tie-ish barrage of incredibly tight song-smithing dance around. All the songs crackle with lots of up-tempo energy - Always harmony driven and thick with those well-harmonized hooks.
It`s not just me, that`s for sure. POWER POP ACHOLIC loves this: "9 out of 10. This Dublin based trio led by Barry O`Brien is a breath of fresh air. Previously he released the stellar "Spark" EP and made an appearance with Pugwash, so you know he`s got great power pop cred. His songwriting has been compared to the likes of The Beatles, Elvis Costello, XTC, and Elliott Smith. Featured guests include former Cardinal member Eric Matthews singer/songwriter Duncan Maitland and Pugwash members Aidan O`Grady and Keith Farrell who also produced the album.
Starting strong with "The Strangest Game" you hear a little of all those influences wrapped into a forceful chorus. "The Letter" adds a bit of synth to the compelling melody. "Sisters In The Sky" is a thoughtful ballad that has subtle jazz and "Pet Sounds" orchestral touches at the songs end. The excellent "C Song" has a bit of Jason Falkner`s style baked in it`s descending chords. The standout here is "Cut Me Out" a masterstroke of pop, that`s equal parts Morrissey and McCartney. "Gone" boasts some really interesting chord progressions and proves to be an amazing composition. O`Brien can easily do hypnotic pastoral pop on par with XTC on "You Stole." For the entire album, catchy hooks abound and not a single song lets you down. Even quick filler like "Feather Brain" keeps your attention. The more you listen, the more you`ll find yourself humming along. The final track "Thanks" is a sweeping Beatlesque orchestration that hasn`t been done this effectively since Tears for Fears, and will give you goosebumps. Makes the top ten list for best power pop album of 2010 easily." Extremely Highly Recommended!
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