Real Close Ones
Release date: June 17, 2008
Rating: 3 out of 5
Sounds like: Fuzzy ‘60s pysch-rock reflected through a prism of glam and early indie influences, with an irreverent contemporary hipster attitude.
Chicago retro-rockers The M’s sound more like a product of the slightly psychedelic British scene than the blues-heavy Windy City. Pianos, horns, buzzes, chirps, whistles, and simulated strings show up, melding the best aspects of Kinks-style classicism with modern-day knobtwisting. True pop songcraft ties the whole package together. From the muffled jangle-crunch of “Big Sound” to the quietly quirky pop of “Papers,” The M’s prove that even with such obvious reference points, originality can shine through. Other highlights include the layered “Pigs Fly” (which brings to mind fellow ‘60s worshippers Dr. Dog) and the sparkling shimmy of “Get Your Shit Together.” A few slow tracks hesitantly close the album, and although Real Close Ones isn’t mind-blowing, it’s fairly solid through and through.
Official band site: www.the-ms.com