Red-blooded, full-hearted guitar pop returns with a vengeance.
Red-blooded, full-hearted guitar pop returns with a vengeance. Mavericks vet Robert Reynolds teamed up with Wilco's Ken Coomer, Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick, keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden, and Doug Powell to create this valentine to pure-pop music. The album is laden with the sort of romanticism, very much out of favor nowadays, that compels guys to write lovelorn songs to girls named Louise and Trixie. Every tune has a girl, and every girl is a mystery. The ruling vibe, lyrically and instrumentally, is Britpop; early Beatles, Gerry & the Pacemakers, and Herman's Hermits rush to mind as the tracks spin by, with a Zombies feel on "Please Don't Tell." For fading flower children, Catchall will prompt severe flashback episodes, while younger listeners will find this disc a reimagined Oasis. At its heart, it's a meticulously crafted, genuinely enthusiastic plunge into a style of pop songcraft that almost sounds like it comes from another world. Contact: 336-578-7300.—PVV