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Frank And Howdy - 2017 The Road Not Travelled

ARTIST: Frank And Howdy
ALBUM: The Road Not Travelled
LABEL: Crystal Sound
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Frank Wiewel * Keith 'Howdy' Brown

TRACK LISTING: ?01 Too Easy * 02 We Need To Love * 03 If I Loved You * 04 Stranded * 05 You Are All I Need * 06 I Hear Voices * 07 I Was Only Dreaming * 08 Razor Boy * 09 Love Of The Lonely * 10 Crazy World


F&H are an American duo from Iowa, related to former 80's power-pop heroes of the region: Hawks. The duo also played together in the band West Minist'r. 'The Road Not Travelled' definitely has a mid-west and heartland vibe going on, but I'm hearing other elements too. The duo are well known musicians and producers from Des Moines, and have worked with the likes of Melvin James and other artists out of Keith Brown's recording studio: Crystal Sound.

The Songs
Considering the Hawks links, some of you might be wondering if there is a power-pop connection. The duo's CD Baby page refers to artists like Tom Petty and U2. Definitely some of the former but I can't hear any of the latter. The opener 'Too Easy' is a great introduction, a brash tune which definitely harks back to 80's heroics. F&H chug ahead on the excellent 'We Need To Love', and so far two tracks in, I'm captured.. Lol 'If I Loved You' is definitely a power-pop excursion, 'Stranded' also has its roots in that sub-genre, circa the early 80's. Things get quirky with the droning synth pattern on 'I Hear Voices', you gotta love it! F&H go for the middle ground with the very appealing 'I Was Only Dreaming', which sounds like Blue Oyster Cult doing power-pop. 'Razor Boy' is the odd-ball here, a manic tune with a strange ending. 'Love Of The Lonely' is the melancholic moment, while 'Crazy World' ends the album in a typical power-pop fashion though again, the concluding moments are a mish-mash of sound effects which tails off with the Everly Brothers 'Dream..'.

In Summary
Quite a good album for those of you into Cheap Trick and other mid-west power-poppers. For those that are interested in procuring a CD, you can do so via CD Baby through the attached link: CD Baby Link.

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