I JUST NEED SOMEONE TO TELL ME HOW TALL I AM
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
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