The Fountainheads

What Means So Much

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The bits of Beatles, Oasis, Robyn Hitchcock, and Rutles heard on the Fountainheads' eponymous release remain -- like the crying George Harrison slide guitar on "Warning Signs," or the slightly nasal vocals of Oasis (without the guttural accent, just boyish charm) -- but they seem so understated now. This is classic ringing/jangle guitar '60s pop with modern production, like that place R.E.M. took the Byrds on "Feeling Gravity's Pull" or "Maps and Legends." There are even similar small country-isms, like on "Last Winter." The songwriting scores little hook points as the attention to craft is strong (part of the '60s too many miss), and the sorrow over lost ladies is palpable.

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