7/10 Clinton Staff review, 30 August 2013
Looking somewhat like a man with Adam Green’s permanently open-mouthed face topped off with a chunk of Syd Barrett’s curly hair, Jonathan Rado looks something like a heart-throb. Also his day job is in Foxygen so there you go. The opening track plods along, a drone like affair with heavy slabs of organ. Funny I should mention Adam Green as ‘Hand in Mine’ sounds exactly like The Moldy Peaches - with the kind of twee child-like girl/boy interplay that makes you want to punch both people involved fully in the face.
Starting off much better is ‘Looking 4a Girl Like U’ (his spelling, only Prince should be allowed to get away with it) has terribly distorted vocals and compressed drums pounding away before it disappears into unlistenability. ‘Dance Away Your Ego’ is a chirpy little happy ‘60s organ-led number which has put a smile on Phil’s face whilst ‘I Wood’ blasts along in a severely distorted fug, needles way into the red.
Several tracks in and I’m kind of getting what it’s all about, generally lo-fi, ‘60s pop, we all like a bit of fuzz but I think sometimes he’s overdone it so tracks like ‘Faces’ where it’s toned down are much more impressive. Definitely, definitely (and I’m not just saying this because of the record label) will appeal to fans of Woods. It certainly has its great moments, alongside others I’d rather forget. Thank god for the skip button.
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