Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The Disappointments - Tall, Dark and Hasbeen - 1998
The Disappointments Tall, Dark and Hasbeen is full of 3 minute songs that stick in your head. Melodic, hook laden numbers that have been bashed out in clubs with lots of guitars and lots of sweat.
Since the mid 1990s, the Disappointments have been tastefully digging at the same mine of New Wave, 60s and 70s power pop that bands like Rooney, the Strokes and Fountains of Wayne have found inspiration.
There are even a few hints here of alterna-country and punk pop. But it's no coincidence "the DPs" are from the land of Cheap Trick and Paul Westerberg. Other influences are Nick Lowe, Marshall Crenshaw, the dB's, the Jam and XTC. -CD Baby