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Golden Bloom

March to the Drums

(The Sleepy West; US: 16 Aug 2011)

Shawn Fogel offers us a 13-minute power pop taster that comes off as effortless, uplifting, and easy-going. In reality, this is three songs with a few short interludes, but those songs are really something. “We Have Grown” will appeal to fans of Wilco, Arcade Fire and the almighty Okkervil River, no matter that Fogel has a voice of his own, one that shines brightest on “Rhyme The Reason” (which recalls the Kinks’ “Waterloo Sunset”), although the anthemic “You Go On (& On)” ain’t half bad, either. As for those interludes? They’re fun. Necessary? Maybe. Maybe not. But fun. Like this whole thing. More, please.

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Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as Ytsejam.com and Amazon.com.


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