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Ponderosa, Pool Party
New West Records, July 31

08/23/12



I suppose if Glasvegas were a little bit more emotionally enthusiastic they’d be putting out very similar stuff to this Atlanta quintet. Here, let me translate: This is Everly Brothers 2.0, reverb cranked, though not to Raveonettes level; this ain’t no skronk-n-shoegaze party, more a case of young dudes (replete with the schizoid hipster wardrobe of today: One guy has suspenders, another has an ill-fitting writer-bum sport-coat, the next guy looks ’90s grunge, the next guy looks like Ralph Malph from Happy Days, and the last guy looks like a Jack White worshipper) trying — unknowingly? — to revive everything about old Columbia House Records. That’s not a bad thing, of course — you’re convinced that Grizzly Bear is awesome, aren’t you? — and at least there’s buildup and more buildup to hearty, sing-your-lungs-out denouement here, making Ponderosa more likely than Grizzly Bear to get the Glee treatment at some point. Here, let me translate: strong album, very good songs, retro, accessible, could very likely get lost in the pile of similar, if inferior, product. AEric W. Saeger





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