The Technicolors- The Silent Comedy
Listener – Deluxe Edition
Details: 2 X 12" LP, gatefold sleeve, download code included.
Jangling rocker "Again" leads off this impressive outing; the Cheap Trick/Oasis mash-up makes it clear from the get-go that the music of the Technicolors is informed by acts considered to be nothing short of masters of their art. "Sweet Time," where singer/guitarist Brennan Smiley displays very Gallagher-esque inflection, is an obvious nod to Oasis and you can hear the genesis of that structuring as well as Smiley's talent on acoustic guitar on a stripped-down second version of the song included as a bonus track. "Noah" is a subdued walk down a psych/folk lane where Smiley again shines on acoustic guitar, "Where Will We Go" is a buoyant rocker with a dreamy, extended fade-out that reinforces the uncertainty of the song's lyrics and that eventually segues into a cover of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game," perhaps Smiley's best vocal turn on the entire album. The Technicolors are a four-piece and not to discount the rhythm section but the other appended bonus track, an acoustic reprise of stand-out track "Listener," demonstrates that the duo of Smiley and multi-instrumentalist Mikey Fanizza are the heart of this band on the fast track to major success.
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"Again" (Radio Edit) b/w "Sweet Time" (Acoustic)
Details: 7" 45-RPM single, small hole, picture sleeve.
A nice sampler of two songs found on the deluxe edition of Listener with "Again" presented here with a slightly different edit.
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The Silent Comedy
Details: 10" 45-RPM EP, liner notes booklet and download code included.
The Silent Comedy has had their music placed in lots of TV ads and in shows like The Men Who Built America and Hatfields & McCoys; now here's a chance for fans to get a really good listen. "God Neon" rocks in a carefree manner and with an attitude that fans of Aerosmith will recognize even though it also contains brief moments of psych and glam, "Always Two" has the country rock spirit of the Eagles flying through it and the banjo picking lurking behind the ferocious electric guitar riffing on "Light of Day" combined with Glenn Frey-ish vocals also recalls the most interesting work of the Eagles. The EP's B-side is more sedate: thumping bass sets the rhythm for the barn dance of "Simple Thing," "You Don't Know Me" is an acoustic guitar and voice number appropriate for the gentle but firm kiss-off that it is; the hopeful love relationship reflection of "Ghosts" wraps up this tasty sampler.
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