Thursday, May 17, 2012

CD Review: The Mighty Lemon Drops - Sound

Note: This review originally appeared in the Illinois Entertainer in 1991. 

The Mighty Lemon Drops tap into mid-1960s pop on their latest effort, Sound, while adding extra muscle on guitars and drums. The album was recorded pretty much live in the studio, creating a concert ambience with nary a dull moment. “Unkind,” a fast-paced track with great hooks, was the U.K. band’s first choice for a video, but there’s plenty of material here worthy of the spotlight.

“Cold Cold Heart” has the immediate impact of an FM radio classic, thanks to Paul Marsh’s emotional vocals and Keith Rawley’s powerful drumming. “My Shadow Girl” leans more toward garage rock, and there are a few changes of pace with the slow, rocking stomp of “Too High” and the somber ballad, “You Don’t Appreciate Anything I Do.” Still, it’s the infectious pop songs like “Annabelle” and “Always” that showcase The Mighty Lemon Drops at their best. 

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