Tommy Hoehn and Van Duren are both veterans of the original power pop movement. Based in Memphis and finding each other to be kindred musical spirits, they banded together in the '90s to make some easygoing adult pop. On Blue Orange, their second recording together, Hoehn and Duren pursue a blue-eyed soul-tinged path not unlike the one forged by John Hiatt or fellow southerner Don Dixon. Laid-back tempos, lots of thick Hammond organ, twangy guitars, and impassioned vocals are the order of the day from beginning to end. Anyone looking for any traces of the classic power pop sound will most likely be disappointed by Blue Orange, as it is more likely to appeal to fans of slightly quirky bar band pop. Even then the disc is short on memorable hooks, and the bland production squeezes any traces of excitement out of the record, too. Blue Orange sounds like it could have been made by any local band in any town across the U.S.A. If your town does indeed feature such a band, support them and buy their record instead.
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AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra