Smallstone

Smallstone

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Here's an axiom that usually applies to records: if you can't find much to say about it, it's quite possible that the musicians themselves don't have much to say. What, though, can you say about Smallstone, especially since the web site they give in the liner notes refused connection? Well, they're certainly indebted to 1960s rock: sunny Beatlesque melodies and harmonies without much of the minor chords and nuances that made the Beatles great, some British psychedelia of the bright kind so prevalent circa 1967, some garage, some mod, and so on. British psych usually has the upper hand, but not always. There's a touch of Merseybeat on "Without Reason" and something of an occasional power pop sheen to the production that you wouldn't have heard in the 1960s themselves. The bassist is obviously enamored of McCartney-style lines circa "Rain," a song that "Anomie" too closely recalls. It all washes over you as unmemorable and unobjectionable, the pleasant upbeat mood and revivalist-type psychedelic touches leaving little to hold onto, and failing to provoke a hunger for more. Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre adds organ to a couple of songs.

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