5 years in the making and the fact that Not Lame released the debut of The General Store back in 2002("Local Honey" still available, on sale to celebrate this event!) and Tam Johnstone(who is `The General StoreÂ`) shows what we have always known - heÂ`s a rare song-writer that can only stir the soul effortlessly as we all breath air. The music is multi-varied and soul stirring. The gorgeous strains and influences of World Party, "Harvest"-era Neil Young, early 70s Elton John(well, heÂ`s the son of Davey Johnstone, EltonÂ`s guitarist and he grew up around the band!), C,S,N & Y, Quiver and The Travelling Wilburys are present but filtered purely through Johnstone`s immense talents.
The reviews are hitting, too! "These are compositions that sound so terrific, you`ll be racking your brain trying to figure out if the songs have appeared somewhere before. It`s that good, folks" - Fufkin.com. "It`s Wayne Coyne singing druggy, country-based AM pop songs after listening to `After The Gold Rush`" - Space City Rock. "The best West Coast pop record in decades" - PopMatters. "An absolutely brilliant slice of music that will appeal to fans of both pure pop and alt-country" - The Cavern Liverpool. "Traces of The Byrds, The Beatles and Neil Young permeate the songs without dominating them." - Metroland.
This is a special record - a very special one not just because itÂ`s a true-gem, but it articulates a `soul-spiritÂ` few records are able to tap into; itÂ`s one of JohnstoneÂ`s many gifts. The wait for this one is well, well worth it. ItÂ`s now time to become engaged in being aware of The General Store, but most importantly, being moved by their music - music that is meant to be a whole lot more than `just another CDÂ` on your shelf. TRULY SPECIAL and Extremely Highly Recommended.
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