December 10, 2012

Cobalt & the Hired Guns: Everybody Wins!

So what is exactly wrong with power pop? Not a lot actually, but it's a sub-genre that has been explored so fully that's hard to come up with something new or even memorable.

Chicago trio Cobalt & the Hired Guns try really with their latest album Everybody Wins!. There is a bit of They Might Giants in the arrangements and the joy of The Fratellis, channeling their guitar sound. But the overall feel is one of disappointment: they are a bunch of nice guys for sure, but they lack an edge to make it stick. They have assembled the bricks and tools and what-not to build something sturdy, but the result is a tree house for to minors playing under the supervision of responsible parents. Cute, lovable and harmless.

Cobalt & the Hired Guns:
Jesse Alexander: drums, vocals, guitar
Tomlinson Fort: guitar, vocals, harmonica
Mike Roth: bass, guitar, vocals

Cobalt & the Hired Guns: Everybody Wins

Everybody Wins! is a self-released album. Buy it from the band's website.

Tracks:
  1. Like You Like Me Like Me
  2. Leaving
  3. You Left Your Sweater...
  4. Slow Down
  5. Of Summer
  6. Ghost of the Road
  7. Blue and White
  8. Lazarus
  9. Tailgunner of the Flying Fortress
  10. Last August
  11. (Prelude)
  12. The Argument
  13. Oregon, I Know

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