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The Head: Hang on (2011)

Autoproducido por la propia banda, este segundo álbum de The Head, trío de Atlanta, se llama Hang On (2011). The Head se presentan como la fotografía de la portada de su disco: una banda transparente, sin ningún tipo de aditamentos externos, conservantes  ni colorantes. Lo que vendría a ser un antiguo Power-Trio. Un combo dedicado plenamente al Power-Pop, sin ningún tipo de extravíos, como decía anteriormente. Tan sólo los pianos y teclados son los elementos ajenos al Power-Pop de guitarras desarrollado desde el primer surco de este Hang On, un disco que está preñado de buenos momentos, consagrados a ese Pop bullicioso, enérgico y con cierta dosis de rabia: Fine with it, Sneeze, Top of the world, The Ballad, What´s wrong... en los que la banda mezcla elementos Pop con rasgos de Americana; y por supuesto, los dos temas que abren el disco, dos auténticas joyas que resuenan en nuestros oídos como momentos memorables en los que recordar la música de las College Radios o la fórmula del Power-Pop inventada en los setenta : Separate bodies y Only one, dos canciones auténticamente imprescindibles para amantes del género. Buen disco que pasó desapercibido aunque éste es un buen momento para recordarlo e incluso disfrutarlo, porque The Head regalaron su álbum entrando en su página.

The Head – Hang on (2011)

“The Head are a power pop trio from Atlanta consisting of twin brothers Jack (drums, lead vocals) and Mike (bass, keys, lead vocals) Shaw along with guitarist Jacob Marrill. Hang On is their first full length and features a polished, dynamic take on pop rock that brims with solid melodies. Unearthing a bit of Cheap Trick and The Raspberries it is evident these lads are serious about their power pop songwriting.  “Lady Lovely” turns between a gorgeous chorus and chunky lead riffs as the verses bulk up the song into one of album’s strongest. “Sneeze” is catchy and authoritatively performed with propulsive and lyrical bass lines that lead the song into somewhat busy chorus where crunchy guitars threaten to overwhelm these sweetly capable voices. 
With rock solid playing and a freshly melodic spin on 70’s AM radio rock this young group shows of a rare ability to channel an older tradition but play it with a full slate of personal inspiration. At times recalling the short lived Tommy Stinson side project Bash and Pop of the early 90’s, Hang On is the way creative and emotional pop music should be made. “The Ballad” is driving and direct with no frills – a little bit Fountains of Wayne minus the quirk.  “What’s Wrong” glitters with refined acoustic guitar and palpable emotion. Energetic and fun the focus is on writing solid songs and making a cohesive album where each track holds its own. With this remarkable consistency the album feels fully realized” (glidemagazine.com)

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8 febrero, 2012 Posted by | The Head | Deja un comentario

   

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