Simply put, Love makes all the right moves with Thoughts on Lunch? , and the Pop Underground is enriched by its existence!
Sophisticated chord progressions, dynamic melodies, sweet harmonies and everything else that makes our beloved music so vital and meaningful to us.
I daresay that every single song – with the exception of perhaps the awkward tribute to the Fab Four, “Like the Beatles” – is deserving of closer inspection and repeated listens.
Love is unafraid of channeling the obvious influences – the Beatles (natch!), Brian Wilson/Beach Boys, The Who, The Cars et al – classic power pop cliché perhaps BUT delivered with such panache and artistry that the familiar turns into feisty freshness.
“Anything’s Right”, “Other Angels” and “Wee and Nancy Lee” fall easily into this category. However, Love is able to turn on a dime to present us with alternative pop styles.
On the jaunty “The Ballad of Dr. Minard” a polka accordion takes centrestage while on the piano-led “I Think You’re Swell” 90s-era Ben Folds is recalled effortlessly. “Be Strong” also showcases this delightful tendency.
A balanced set of quality compositions that marks Love as a pop writer of note. Recommended!
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