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Review: HITS Magazine

Once Again, It's That Time Of The Week When We Write About Stuff We Actually Like

By Bud Scoppa

Listening to this quintessentially SoCal debut, it's obvious why these young Brits made the move to L.A. Minibar's full-throated harmonies, acoustic-electric guitar interplay, pedal steel accents and desert/highway imagery eagerly reference the Byrds, Burritos and Eagles. This record is not marginal in the No Depression sense; on the contrary, the band and producer T Bone Burnett come on with such unselfconscious assurance, you'd think they were splashing into a marketplace in which country-rock was mainstream. First single "Holiday From Myself" has a buoyant, "Take It Easy"-like tone; the vivid relationship dissection "Lost In The Details" places heartbreak balladry in a fogbound, trip-hoppy setting; and the widescreen-epic title song is an instant California classic. On top of that, writer/singer Simon Petty has the heady charm of the young Nick Lowe during his tenure in Brinsley Schwarz--in a perfect world the kid's a star.

From HITS Daily Double
Originally published March 30, 2001
© 2001, HITS Magazine Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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