Dwight Twilley

Rarities, Vol. 1

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At this point you can pretty much expect Dwight Twilley to be, well, Dwight Twilley. He's been turning out the same brand of the Beatles-meet-Brian Wilson-meet-Tom Petty power pop for a long time now, and he's shown no signs of changing, although now his releases appear on his own or other independent labels. This set of demos and other rarities, the first of four such volumes of Twilley minutiae from Gigatone Records, simply underscores Twilley's immutability -- the sound, even if these are demos, is still the same, and for fans of power pop, that's a very good thing, because Twilley does it very, very well, even if at times he does it so well that it sounds just like the last song he did. Highlights here include the delightful "You Don't Care," the Byrds-like remake of "You Were So Warm" and the slightly goofy (oh, but he sounds so sincere) "Spider and the Fly," which almost seems like a lost Harry Nilsson track, and any of these would fit seamlessly on any album Twilley has ever issued. These tracks may be rare, but they're not unusual, at least not for Twilley. This is what he does, turns out power pop love songs and anthems, and he's been doing it at this same level for a very long time now.

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