I just can't believe they are marketing this as an album. It's over by the time you've blown your nose but on the plus side the music is absolutely brilliant. Tony Molina writes perfect mini-jangle pop things that sound like a pint-sized Teenage Fanclub or the Byrds. Opener “Nothing I Can Say” is so good but I'd be happy if it was three times it's length. I suppose that's what the repeat button is for.
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Got a spare ten minutes? Then you'll have more than enough time to digest this new 'album' by Tony Molina. He spends this time writing brilliant miniature pop gems that more often than not stop before they have started which literally gives you seconds of thrills. The fact that he's spent time constructing these things would make you think that he might at least one of them go on for more than a minute. This is especially frustrating on opener 'Nothing I Can Say' which is a near perfect the Byrds/Teenage Fanclub blast of 12 string chime pop. What a song. It's like a bonsai 'There She Goes' or 'Ain't That Enough' or 'What's She Done To Your Mind'.
Elsewhere Molina references all the greats. 'Wrong Town' is basically Big Star's '13' slightly re-written ....as is 'Before You Go' , 'Jasper's Theme' something off Teenage Fanclub's 'Grand Prix', 'Give He Take You' magnificent early REM/Guided By Voices jangle whilst 'When She Leaves' IS Elliott Smith. His songwriting is great and he taps into the sort of music that I just can't find enough of these days mirroring it with lyrics about how everything is pretty rubbish and as usual with Molina he's thinking pretty hard about leaving town. But all the way through I'm still smarting that 'Nothing I Can Say' isn't twice it's actual length and I can't forgive him to the point that I want to get my own back and suggest that Molina's songs are short because he runs out of actual ideas pretty early in all of them once he's worked out that he can temporarily sound like Roger McGuinn/Paul McCartney/Alex Chilton. But that would be unfair because this is great (temporarily).
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