Will Georgantas’ umpteenth release under the Thunderegg moniker returns Sparklehorse’s Alan Weatherhead to the producer’s chair, thus ensuring a higher level of fidelity to C’mon Thunder. By no means redolent of a glossy pop sheen, C’mon Thunder still feels appropriately ramshackle and charming in a manner befitting a prolific cult artist of Georgantas’ status, having been at it for nearly 20 years now.
Throughout, simple, understatedly catchy melodies rest comfortably against repetitive instrumental passages as Georgantas’ employs his plain, slightly monotone everyman vocal delivery in a manner lacking any hint of affectation or pretention, at times sounding a bit like Ween at their most earnestly sincere.
While essentially operating within a standard indie rock framework throughout, “An Absolutely Ordinary Date” toes the country line and helps add a dash of stylistic diversity. With its peeling pedal steel and haunting chorus melody it, along with “We Kissed Again, Then Ran Some More” and “Write Me a Caption”, proves to be a highlight on a pleasant, solid little album of good to great pop songs.
// Notes from the Road
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