Blue Cartoon: Downtown Shangri-La

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From the ringing opening track of “Inside You,” I felt bathed in a sea of warm water. Not groggy, but just dreamy in that pleasant, eyes-half-closed way. You know the songbook. It’s The Beatles and Byrds here. All over this, and not once does this band slip up or disrespect its great pop influences.

Of note here is that there are several writers in this band. I commend this, especially because of the overall strength of the material. It’s a nice change to see a real band, as opposed to one or two person’s individual visions. They all appear to be on the same page, and that is rare.

A great track is “Nothing New”. Kind of reminded me of a good Smithereens song. “The Last Time I Saw Marlene” is a great tearjerker, and really beautiful. If this song is about a real person, wherever she is, she has heard it, and she cried. “Indigone” is a nice play on words. No bad songs really.

Bottom line: great record. Sounds just great. Great electric 12 string sounds. Another example of the great music coming out of Austin. Let’s hope that someday Blue Cartoon can have the success that Fastball did.

You can purchase this CD from www.notlame.com or www.aardvarkrecords.com.

Published at: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/bluecartoon-downtown/