The Tamboureens – Ladies and Gentlemen (CD)

Mining influences as varied as the Beatles (before they discovered LSD and meditation), Buddy Holly and power poppers like Milk N’ Cookies, Central Pennsylvania’s The Tamboureens sound like just about nothing being released today… and that’s a very good thing.

The five-piece may dress like Maroon 5, but are far more talented. Ladies and Gentlemen, the band’s latest 8-song record could easily have been released anytime between the late 60’s and early 70’s, a pretty amazing feat for a collective that’s barely a few years out of high school. If there is any justice, the band’s song “Girl,” should be all over the radio (or at the very least on an iPod commercial).

There are a few small missteps on the album, like the solid, but otherwise unremarkable cover of Bobby Darin’s “Dream Lover” and “Mrs. Belaview,” a song that sounds like the band is trying too hard to recreate The Turtles or The Rascals, but the weaker tracks are just blips, easily outweighed by stellar songs like the boozy, loosened tie album closer “There’s Nothing That Love Can’t Do.”

Top Track: “There’s Nothing That Love Can’t Do,” “Girl” and “Song 2”

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

The Tamboureens – Ladies and Gentlemen (CD) / Self-released / 8 Tracks

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