09:26 AM on 02/21/11
I love texture. I love a good song. I love great riffs and melodies and counter-melodies that get stuck in my head for days. Beach Fossils delivers all of this in truckloads. Yes, on both records you could say the songs are "samey" but they hang together very well on vinyl and conceptually. Beach Fossils create vibe - which is really important. On the first record it is sort of a primitive jangly 60's garage vibe and this one's more 80's sounding. Don't confuse simplicity and a lack of pretense with shallowness. The recordings are not boring, they are actually very deep and lovely. I find them earnest and sincere and very moving. Even though it's pop, both albums bear repeated listenings and will still be heard 30 years from now. I love the new direction, they are proving to have quite a deep well of musicality. The recordings are sublimated and relaxed, yet focused; but their live performances often have frenzied and passionate energy.
So, I couldn't disagree more with Blake Solomon's review. The review itself seemed somewhat "worhless" and void of meaning. Critics often say something even when they have nothing real to say. But, music is very subjective and not everything is obvious. I had to listen several times for this music to really draw me in. I liked it, now I love it.