May 22, 2009
The 2005 release, Lighten Up Francis, from Everyday Things had as many influences from 1965 as from the modern era. The album is a nice, power pop piece of cotton candy from top to bottom. You can't ignore the Beatlesque style throughout, but at the same time there are a number of other interesting and eclectic influence at play. The baker's dozen songs move from the simple sixties beat sound of "Just Out of Reach", to the 80s new wavish pop of "Life Goes On", to the garage rock of "I've Got My Eye on You", to the jangly pop of "Colleen Colleen", to the driving piece of garagish power pop featured here "Time To Realize". Everyday Things know how to play power pop, and they're not stuck in the sixties. The power pop of Big Star, The Romantics, The Smithereens and The Posies can all be heard lurking in and about different tracks. While the album will likely never deliver an earth shattering, world changing experience, it will give the typical power pop fan hours of listening pleasure.
Everyday Things -- Time To Realize