Lannie Flowers – CirclesI will readily admit it: I’m a slave to the jangle. Give me a dose of high-energy, upbeat powerpop and I’m yours (musically speaking). And that’s precisely what happened when I popped Circles — the latest CD from Lannie Flowers – into my CD player. Double-tracked lead vocals, trebly Rickenbacker-toned bass lines, Revolver-era musical arrangement and a grab bag (in the best sense of the phrase) of sonic elements make Circles a fun, engaging listen.
Melodically Circles doesn’t trade in a groundbreaking approach, but then that aesthetic is one best left to progressive rock. The melodies on this album all have a whiff of familiarity, and that’s not a bad thing. Shades of 70s powerpop (The Nerves, Van Duren, Shoes) are all over the disc, but the more classic antecedents (the too-oft mentioned early 70s triumvirate) are clear influences too. At times Flowers sounds a tiny bit like a delightful cross between the late (Will) Owsley and fellow Texans Fastball, too.
If you dig this style, by the fourth track (“Not in Love”) you might well wonder if this is a best-of collection; the exuberant tracks are that consistently infectious. Throughout the disc Flowers shows that he understands that the right amount of repetition is an essential component of pop. So while his songs never once beat a melody or hook into the ground, the do sink that hook into the listener’s psyche. And that’s a neat trick that’s harder to pull off than it might seem. On Circles, Lannie Flowers makes it sound easy.
Lannie Flowers, power pop legend here with his 2010 album ''Circles'' will not disappoint you with this work. And i adopt two sentences from Bill Kopp about this album: For power pop connoisseurs, Lannie Flowers’ Circles is recommended in the strongest terms. The rest of you simply have no idea what you’re missing.
Have fun, Folks
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