Sunday, August 12, 2012

Album Review: Funtimes

Title:  Funtimes (Official, Amazon, iTunes)

Britain’s The Heartbreaks play jangly power pop that harkens back to the likes of Manic Street Preachers, The La’s, The Jam, and Elvis Costello.  Their full-length debut Funtimes is just that, ten songs of upbeat pop rock numbers that is sure to please.  The record opens with “Liar, My Dear” but really takes off with the second track, and first single, “Delay, Delay,” an infectious pop gem.  The rest of the album follows along these same lines creating one of the best power pop records to come from the UK in a long time.  What I really like about Funtimes are the different sounds hinted here and there, the Echo & the Bunnymen-esque guitar part, the Smiths’-like jangle, the vocal moments reminiscent of the Psychedelic Furs.  The Heartbreaks have taken the wealth of British indie rock and power pop for the past 30 years and melded them into a sound the is fresh and fun.  

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