Tinted Windowsâ€™ debut is getting here just in time. Every pop-punk/emo band that was too late to jump onto that bandwagon as it was heading out of town, is now calling itself a power pop band, despite not knowing their Cheap Trick from Their Raspberries. With Tinted Windows, thereâ€™s finally a stellar super group with the perfect pedigree (including a member of Cheap Trick) to remind the kids exactly what the genre should sound like. Comprised of members from Cheap Trick, Smashing Pumpkins, Fountains of Wayne and Hanson (yes, that Hanson), the group turns in a fantastic record of tight pop songs, with sing-along choruses that stick around for days – 11 songs in just over 30 minutes.
Some of the tracks are better than others (â€œBack With You,â€ for example drags the record down in exactly the wrong spot), but there are plenty of other up tempo rockers to more than make up for the occasional slip (â€œWithout Loveâ€ has not left my head for the past week). Fronted by Taylor Hanson, the former Mmmbopper has finally found his real calling. His voice is perfect for these songs of love and crushes, backed by distorted guitar and plenty of handclaps. Letâ€™s hope the new saviors of power pop decide to stick around longer than just one album.
Top Tracks: â€œBack With You,â€ â€œKind of Girlâ€ and â€œWe Got Somethingâ€
Ratings: 8.5 out of 10
Tinted Windows â€“ Self-titled / CD / 2009 S-Curve / 11 Tracks / http://www.tintedwindowsmusic.com