2007 Australian compilation with 25 songs that covers all the phases of the truly inspirational Splitsville, one of the better indie power pop bands in the world. If you`ve not heard everything by them or not heard them, this is one of those releases you just jump in head first. Safely.
First there was "Splitsville USA" They had three practices to get ready, three days to record, twelve songs full of harmonies, hooks, pop culture and not much else. This was their cartoon stage. Laughing at their power pop roots, Splitsville made up for what they lacked in musical proficiency with fun and tremendous energy.
Next was "Ultrasound". Bassist/keyboardist Paul Krysiak sums up this release: "One of our big ideas when we started out was to have a Townshend/Entwistle/Moon aesthetic: simple guitar, complicated bass, frantic drums. (This album) for me is the full realization of our desire to spend at least a few moments pretending to be The Who or The Jam." Splitsville followed up with "Repeater", a more crafted and cerebral outing. This time they had the luxury of six weeks to record, and their production skills were really put to the test. But the work paid off, as "Repeater" was reviewed as "...a smorgasbord of great pop influenced equally by The Beatles, The Zombies, Queen, and the harder side of The Jam." And Popmatters.com called "Repeater", "...a huge leap forward. It`s rather like when Radiohead graduated from the mediocre Pablo Honey to The Bends."
In 2001 "The Complete Pet Soul" was released to international critical acclaim. The album featured four songs culled from the EP `Pet Soul`, plus six new originals, and a cover of Burt Bacharach`s "I`ll Never Fall in Love Again". This cover was later featured in the Kirsten Dunst movie Get Over It. The All Music Guide gave the CD a rating of 4 and ÃÂ½ stars, stating "...the (original) orchestral tracks are nicely balanced with several new songs that recall the low-voltage, almost folk-rock sound that predominated on the original U.S. edition of Rubber Soul." In 2003, "Incorporated" arrived. "Incorporated", has been called, "a tiny burst of awesomeness" by the Onion, while All Music stated that Splitsville, "...is poised, as ever, between the harmony-drenched sound of Teenage Fanclub and the energetic drive of Weezer, and they have come up with a handful of tracks that either of those bands would have gladly added to an album." Which brings us to here. It`s all here, it`s all great, very, very great. A new album is in the works, but for folks who have only heard one or two or none of Splitsville, this a big-time find!
Forever - mp3
Heacache - mp3
Pretty People - mp3
Let`s Go - mp3
Ponce De Leon - mp3