Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Lolas - Something You Oughta Know - 2004

Something You Oughta Know doesn't stray far from the immaculate bubblegum/
jangle pop assault of the Lolas' previous releases. The Alabama combo are high-scoring students of the genre, and each heady blend of tight Byrds-like harmonies and Cheap Trick swagger is instantly catchy and deliciously transparent -- in a good way. They've got enough Gary Glitter/ELO rave-ups ("Little Deedra"), Nuggets-infused fist-pumpers ("Jungle Girl"), and sugary ballads ("Light Up Every Doorway") to satisfy the rottenest of sweet tooths, and despite the ultracompressed, a little too bright and radio-ready -- for 1977 that is -- production, they all work. Sure, it's just retro power pop and it's all been done before, but if hearing it filtered through the ears and amps of a band whose heaviest lyric is "since you've been gone, my guitar won't stay in tune" doesn't put a smile on your face, then you're just plain jaded. -AMG


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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks. The Lolas are one of the best unheard of bands ever. Astounding that they're not stars!

YankeeBoy said...

Thanks for this. I love what I've heard so far by The Lolas and their albums are all out of print and super expensive.

bglobe313 said...

This album is so good. Tim Boykin is a rock god.

If you are curious, check it out. If you are on this site, there is NO WAY you could be disappointed by this.

Seriously.

Ace K.

Monkey Flinging Poo said...

LOVE this band. Hell, they are even from the next state over and I never heard of them until recently. Definitely one of the better power pop bands out there.

jeffx said...

shared a bill with them in nashville several years ago and they blew me away. i have since worn out my copy of something you oughta know and was afraid i might not ever hear it again, so thank you so much for posting this! keep up the great work.

Hebridean Monty said...

Yeah,this is sweet and satisfying!THANKS!

Anonymous said...

Can you reupload?

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