Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Ampersands: "This Is Your Adventure Too" (album review)

New England band The Ampersands sure don't re-invent the wheel on their forthcoming album This Is Your Adventure Too (out October 30th).  Their songs are heavily influenced from the indie pop we've been getting from groups like Apples In Stereo for close to two decades now. But you know what?  They still manage to make it enjoyable.

If there's one adjective that best describes The Ampersands it is likely 'bouncy'.  Whether it's alongside the fuzzy keyboard of "Try This" or slick hooks of "You", there's a near constant bounce to the songs that simply refuses to be contained.

A folk pop sound is strong on the Turtles-ish "October", complete with 'bah bah bahs'.  Even that has a hard time matching the bliss of the jangle-happy "Young and Restless".  The quirky album opener, "Exoskeleton", sounds like Elvis Costello fronting Vampire Weekend.

A handful of tracks, such as "Alsace Lorraine" do tend to drag without a satisfying pay-off.  The band's most serious moment, okay possibly their only serious moment, comes on the focused, maudlin "Catalyst Soup".

All in all The Ampersands have put together a fun easy to consume record that should bring a little bit of joy into your life.

Best tracks: "You", "October"

Track listing for This Is Your Adventure Too:
  • Exoskeleton
  • Try This
  • Young and Restless
  • Golems In Waves
  • October
  • The Race
  • Selling a Product
  • You
  • Alsace Lorraine
  • Catalyst
  • King Fumble
  • The Outlier

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