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Tinted Windows - 2009 Tinted Windows

ARTIST: Tinted Windows
ALBUM: Tinted Windows
LABEL: S-Curve Records
SERIAL: 8 07315 9 0012 0
YEAR: 2009


LINEUP: Taylor Hanson - vocals * James Iha - guitars * Adam Schlesinger - bass * Bun E. Carlos - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Kind Of A Girl * 02 Messing With My Head * 03 Dead Serious * 04 Can't Get A Read On You * 05 Back With You * 06 Without Love * 07 Cha Cha * 08 We Got Something * 09 Nothing To Me * 10 Doncha Wanna * 11 Take Me Back



Tinted Windows have provided a fun-time blast with their first album, an enjoyable carefree romp of power-pop. The band is a bit of a supergroup, contained members of Hanson, The Smashing Pumpkins, Fountains Of Wayne and of course, the one and only Bun E Carlos from Cheap Trick. In fact, Iha and Schlesinger run a music together, so their combination with Taylor Hanson was a shoe-in. The story goes, when the three were looking for a drummer, they wanted someone that sounded like Bun E Carlos. So in a moment of bravery, they went straight to the source, and hey presto.. the rest is history. Formed early in 2009, the band signed to S Curve Records and released this back in April 2009.

The Songs
Critics have been throwing barbs at this CD.. why I'm not quite sure. References to the Jonas Brothers is a bit offputting, but when you listen to this, it's hard not to be transported back to the 70's with reference points to Cheap Trick, The Raspberries and Big Star. It's easy on the ear, though a tad generic, but all in all, it's a fun listen at a touch over 35 minutes playing time. Setting sail with 'Kind Of A Girl', it contains all the elements necessary to make a quality powerpop tune. Not quite played at frantic pace, 'Can't Get A Read On You' is excellent with it's upbeat tempo and angst laden lyrics. The rumbling drum beat is prominent on 'Without Love', it reminds me of Tommy Keene's work. One of the highlights for me is 'Nothing To Me', a Taylor Hanson written number with Robin Zander like overtones. Someone described it as doppleganger Big Star. What do you think? The rest of the songs are all worthy of a listen.. let it wash over you..

In Summary
Though described as an odd supergroup, they've got enough going for them to warrant a look at a second album. Considering they ripped this CD out in next to no time, surely a second one would require little effort, though one hopes the songs and lyrics aren't throwaway. Powerpop fans require no invitation.. get it and sit back in the lounger on a lazy hazy afternoon.

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