Mining influences as varied as the Beatles (before they discovered LSD and meditation), Buddy Holly and power poppers like Milk Nâ€™ Cookies, Central Pennsylvaniaâ€™s The Tamboureens sound like just about nothing being released todayâ€¦ and thatâ€™s a very good thing.
The five-piece may dress like Maroon 5, but are far more talented. Ladies and Gentlemen, the bandâ€™s latest 8-song record could easily have been released anytime between the late 60â€™s and early 70â€™s, a pretty amazing feat for a collective thatâ€™s barely a few years out of high school. If there is any justice, the bandâ€™s song â€œGirl,â€ 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 Darinâ€™s â€œDream Loverâ€ and â€œMrs. Belaview,â€ 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 â€œThereâ€™s Nothing That Love Canâ€™t Do.â€
Top Track: â€œThereâ€™s Nothing That Love Canâ€™t Do,â€ â€œGirlâ€ and â€œSong 2â€
Rating: 8.0 out of 10
The Tamboureens â€“ Ladies and Gentlemen (CD) / Self-released / 8 Tracks