Love Nut

Baltimucho!

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In the late '90s, it once again became socially acceptable for popsters to declare fealty to Cheap Trick's patented late-'70s mix of hard-candy crunch and glossy pop sheen. Baltimore's Love Nut is apparently among the Trick's most ardent admirers. From the one-two punch of the opening "Theme From Baltimucho" and the only slightly less manic "Bob Pine" to the gently psychedelic untitled closing track, Love Nut's second album tries hard to recreate that IN COLOR vibe.

Guitarist/songwriter Andy Bopp knows how to balance diamond-sheen guitar riffs, anthemic choruses, and sweet harmonies in the tricky not-too-hard/not-too-soft style of '70s-vintage power pop. A lyricist who could match Bopp's melodic gifts would make Love Nut a band of the ages. But nothing on BALTIMUCHO is less than competent, and several tracks-particularly the semi-quirky "Man Or Machine?"-are excellent.

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