Album Review

Fresh & Onlys, The – “Grey-Eyed Girls” – [Woodsist]

Thurston Hunger   7/30/2010   12-inch, A Library

Powder pop out of the Rice-A-Roni cooker. Irrepresible goofy
charm, krispy koan lyrics, and a nice variety in sound
(much too broad a palette to call ’em garage” in my book).
When they bring the energy, which is often, the whole damn
world spins a little faster see “D.Y.” for proof. And how
can the Lurch moans on “Happy to Be Living” not put a smile
on a rock critic’s saggy face? This is music to be smitten
with, by and to…this is not an album to have even a penultimate
tango in Paris with. And yeah Tim Cohen’s baritone singing
may set your audio compass for Magnetic Fields north, but
I think he and the band could deliver some killer Blue Oyster
Cult covers as well, but fortunately they are on their own
original tip, a fresh if not only one. Mostly short, sharp
sure-shot pop in candy color flavors, although “The Delusion
of Man” devolves into bombast as Man is wont to do. The kind
of band that Saturday Night Live would play if the hadn’t
sold their souls. Sounds even better coming out cheap-ass
car speakers, expecting more, better, sooner from this
fine 8-legged band.

-Thurston Hunger

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