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Goodman: What we want (2012)

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Al final voy a tener que arrepentirme de ciertas palabras mías pronunciadas (o más bien escritas) a final de año en las que me compadecía por la mala salud del Power-Pop, no en tanto a poca calidad de los discos aparecidos del género, sino más bien por la parquedad de trabajos publicados. Pues bien, insisto en que finalmente tendré que desdecirme, porque personajes como Michael Goodman, artífice de Goodman, la banda de la que hablamos, se empeñan en llevarnos la contraria.
Su sonido está lleno de guiños a  la mejor tradición Powerpopera (Night person, Waiting…), haciendo retrotraer nuestro punto de mira hacia décadas pasadas llenas de energía y lirismo acelerado.
Una buena manera de comenzar el día, para aquellos perezosos y/o rezagados, o una manera de recrearnos en un género que aún no estando de moda, goza de buena salud (sí, al final, he de reconocerlo). Referencias y alusiones más o menos claras (Costello, Beatles, Bowie, Beach Boys…) truquitos de producción, estribillos pegajosos, nervio y energía son algunos de los principales componentes de este disco que puedes adquirir directamente desde su Bandcamp.


“Michael Goodman, who records and releases albums only under his surname, makes pop music. He recalls the chord progressions of the radio hits of the ’50s and ’60s and long-forgotten power-pop bands of the late ’70s with ease, resting his achingly beautiful melodies over beds of I IV V’s and, even better, I vi IV V’s.
Michael Goodman is not, however, just a kid with a guitar, regurgitating the first chords he ever learned behind a wall of distortion. Also apparent in Goodman’s music is the meticulousness, the hours of deliberation, that characterize some of the greatest pop recordings of all times. The songs on “What We Want” are born of the same painstaking attention to detail that once resulted in “Be My Baby” and “Good Vibrations.” Every note is perfectly placed, every sound achieved with care. Goodman’s every syllable is sung with conviction, his soaring harmonies exactly matching the fastidiously wrought diction of his lead vocals. The end result is a certain soulfulness; the overwhelming beauty of a singular vision, correctly realized.
In the context of the ever-growing standards of the Mama Coco’s canon, Goodman has just raised the bar one notch higher. 
Album opener “Night Person” kicks us off in a fitful burst of hooks, but hints at the meditative melancholy that permeates the record: “I’ve been pacing ’round the room / Trying to best my restless brain,” Goodman sings. As much as this album positively overflows with soaring melodies and hooks that permanently settle between your heartstrings after just one listen, it is also soundtrack for those long, deeply restless nights. The Wrecking Crew-esque groove of “Without You” drives a positively gorgeous tune home before giving way to the bounding “Waiting,” the excellent lead single (though, frankly, every tune on this album is a serious contender for the ‘lead single’ title). Mid-album highlight “Fever” chugs along like Ziggy-era Bowie and erupts into a cacophonous wall of synths and guitar leads in harmony. “Waking Hours” is some of Goodman’s finest songwriting to date, a strikingly subtle ballad; the instrumentation is perfectly understated, and the harmonies, doused in reverb, are almost painfully lovely. The late-album one-two punch of “Awakened” and the rowdy title track–the latter of which captures early-relationship jitters to a tee–are additional highlights. “Won’t,” which serves as the jangling but incredibly powerful album closer, ends an already-intimate record on an even more intimate note.
Like those of some of the best young songwriters (I am reminded, for instance, of Bright Eyes’ “Fevers & Mirrors”), Goodman’s lyrics are peppered with recurring imagery: flowers and fever, sleeping (but mainly lack thereof) and waking, early mornings and late nights plagued by uncertainty. He captures the ends of relationships and the beginnings of others through the eyes of the sleepless nights that bookend them.
This is pop music for nervous young people, tossing and turning because we don’t know just what we want” (Press Release)

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