Friday, July 29, 2011

Idle Jets - Atomic Fireball - 1999

For a debut album, Idle Jets' Atomic Fireball is a remarkably accomplished piece of crisp and clean power pop. The first track, "Genius of the Obvious," is a perfect example of perfect, melt away pop -- complete with cascading riffs and smooth harmonizing. That's just the tip of the iceberg, though; the acoustic swagger of "Mallory," complete with hand claps, and the smooth '80s-sounding power ballad "Umbrellas in the Rain" are also amongst the disc's highlights. For the more revved-up numbers, the band occasionally shows their Nashville roots; both the title track and "Lady Satellite" feature a kind of bluesy, George Thorogood-like vibe. For a debut, "Atomic Fireball" is absolutely excellent, and a very worthy contribution to the Not Lame family of artists. -AMG