Ideal Free Distribution: Ideal Free Distribution

Ideal Free Distribution
Ideal Free Distribution
Happy Happy Birthday To Me
2006

Although it’s not quite a name that sends shockwaves through one’s body, Ideal Free Distribution sound like they were reared obsessively on early albums by The Kinks with some late psychedelic folk staples if “Apples and Oranges” is a measuring stick. Fans of The Raconteurs would also probably get into a number like the happy, buzz-tinged “The American Myth” or “Saturday Drive”, despite the fact that the guitars are buried in the spacey, heady mix. Lush is another word that comes to mind in some portions of the album, including “Hit the North” and the breezy “Tropic of Cancer” and the catchy sugar-coated pop of “Mr. Wilson”. But the longer the album goes, the odder it becomes, with “Nine on a Side” falling off the rails quickly as does “New Madrid, 1811” that hits a wall.

RATING 6 / 10
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