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Owsley

Owsley

(Warner Bros.)

I’ve been known to frequently trumpet the virtues of underappreciated Nashville pop. Now Owsley comes along with a major label debut that should help shove that city’s great pop music out of the closet. With the album’s new wave undertones, shades of XTC, Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, and infectious melodies, Owsley has gotten a good start coming out of the gate. “Oh No The Radio” complains of the dreck on commercial radio, mainly because you can’t escape it and get away from bad songs. With it’s tongue-in-cheek lyrics, off-kilter melody, and staccato vocals, I’m immediately reminded of early XTC. Fans of Ben Folds Five and Fl. Oz. will also dig this keyboard-driven power pop.


Best of 1999
Sarah Sharpe’s #6 pick
Beatles revival pop at its finest, this is sweet and wistful rock. The solid back beats are guaranteed to start heads bobbing. The distortion that creeps into the vocals and guitars lends the tunes a touch of good-boy-trying-to-rebel swing.

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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