- 21 Sep 02
An enjoyable collection of sweetly melodic curios
At this stage of the game, the hallowed triumvirate of The Byrds, The Beatles and The Beach Boys have had their respective oeuvres so thoroughly plundered that if you’re going to appropriate their sound for the umpteenth time, you best have a damn good reason for doing so.
Fountains Of Wayne’s 1997 debut remains one of the very few masterpieces to have emerged from the jingle-jangle guitar-pop genre over the past number of years – its devastating combination of lethally catchy melodies (the one thing such bands usually forget, ironically) and savagely witty lyrics meant it became required listening for anybody planning another updating of ’60s psychedelic pop.
Dublin songwriter Thomas Walsh appears to have taken a leaf out of the book of Adam Schlesinger and co. He has been operating under the moniker of Pugwash for a few years now, and Almanac is the follow-up to his 1999 debut, Almond Tea. With the help of various musicians (most notably Keith Farrell, who engineered the record and co-wrote two tracks), he has crafted an enjoyable collection of sweetly melodic curios which might not blow any minds, but will probably soothe a few troubled ones.