Adam McIntyre

Rockstars and Superheroes

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Nashville's Adam McIntyre at times sounds like he doesn't truly love any album made after the Knack ruined the power pop scene for everyone. His debut album, Rockstars and Superheroes, is old-school-'70s-style power pop in the mold of his fellow Tennesseeans the Scruffs and Big Star (much more #1 Record than Third/Sister Lovers), with hints of early Cheap Trick, late Move, glam-era Mott the Hoople, Shoes, and a dozen other artists that mean little to anyone who doesn't own at least two Raspberries albums. Unfortunately, McIntyre's take on classic power pop brings nothing new to the style, and more damagingly, his songwriting, guitar playing, and singing never rise much beyond "perfectly competent." Songs like "Kids" and "In Stereo" are pleasantly catchy, but it's difficult to remember much about Rockstars and Superheroes after it's over. Fans of the style will probably find the album a mildly diverting listen, but frankly, Jason Falkner and Brendan Benson do this sort of thing much better.

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