[30 April 2007]
It wouldn’t do justice to call Let’s Agree to Deceive Our Best Friends simply a power pop album. In some ways it’s the power-pop album, that holy grail of saccharine rock that many in the music business strive for. In other ways, it’s pure pop, the kind of bubblegum music that a host of early ‘90s alternarock bands pumped out in casks. Though Auto Interiors like to claim the Kinks and the Who as their main influences—they call their brand of music “record collector rock”—the band sounds more indebted to Elvis Costello, the Rembrandts, and Spacehog.
Let’s Agree to Deceive Our Best Friends is a good, catchy album, if not basically homogenous: At times, it’s sometimes difficult to tell where one song ends and another begins. A few tunes stand out, such as the superb “True Life in Cinema”, and late favorite “Small Death.” The latter struts around with an enviable cabaret flair. “Green Arrow” is also a surprise, injecting intricate, driving rock into an otherwise squeaky clean release.