Tuesday, November 11, 2008

CD Review: Township – Township

4.9 Handrews*
With their second full-length album, the eponymous Township picks up where the EP and Coming Home left off. If you're looking for '70s-influenced, straight-forward rock and fuckin' roll, then Township continues to impress. This is what I think Stillwater (the band from Almost Famous) would have sounded like had they been a real band. In fact, from the album cover, lead singer Marc Pinansky is a pretty solid doppelganger for Jeff Bebe. For those of you not as familiar with the aural stylings of fictional bands in Cameron Crowe movies, this album is in the vein of Free, James Gang, Bad Company, '70s Aerosmith, and Grand Funk Railroad, with some early Styx, Thin Lizzy, mid-era Zeppelin, Skynyrd, a little late-Ozzy-era Black Sabbath, a dash of Kings of Leon, and a smidgen of NWOBH thrown in.

The album is available on iTunes (as are their previous albums), which is where I bought it. I'm not sure if I received a free copy of this one (as I did the last one) because I have since moved. Hopefully the tenants of my former apartment are enjoying it.
All in all, the album is very good, especially for those of you who like the rock and roll music.
Here are the highlights:
Sinister Minister - This is a great, fast-paced song that kicks off the album. The opening riff (which repeats several times throughout the song) is just plain awesome.
Beaver Fever - In addition to the song's awesome name, it contains a reference to "drown[ing] like Randy California," guitarist from '60s rock group Spirit (of "I've Got a Line On You" fame). Outside of my history of rock and roll class at IU, I'm not sure I've heard the name Randy California spoken. Kudos.
Good Girl - This is just a great rock and roll song. I don't know how else to describe it.
Moderated Man - A somewhat frenetic song with a solid, driving, bass line.
Burnin' - Another great opening riff kicks this one off, and, again, it's a tight, solid, straight-forward rock and roll song. Do you see a theme?

There is also an Irish-sounding instrumental song called The Happy Pumpkin, which deserves to be mentioned if only for the fact that it's called The Happy Pumpkin.

Anyway, I recommend checking the album out. As I said, it's on iTunes, so you can listen to the clips. Also, you can check out songs at the following sites:

Official website: http://www.thefamilytownship.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/thefamilytownship

*GMYH CD Review Scale:
-6 Handrews - Buy it now. NOW!!
-5 Handrews - Excellent album that you should seriously consider purchasing in the near future
-4 Handrews - Very good album that you should at least check out on iTunes
-3 Handrews - If you want it, download it illegally
-2 Handrews - Somewhere between Britney Spears and William Hung
-1 Handrew - Ashlee Simpson
-0 Handrews - PopoZao


Anonymous said...

Township is friggin awesome and you owe it to yourself to see them live first chance you get. I'm so proud that this band is from Boston and that type of music is regaining a foothold in the public ear. If you like Township, you might also like another band from Boston called Shakyfoot. They sound more like Hendrix, Cream or early Zepplin.

GMYH said...

I can't wait to see them live when they make it to Chicago (or I make it to Boston). And don't you mean wicked awesome?