Golden Animals – Free Your Mind And Win A Pony

September 9, 2008

Combine the Doors with the Black Keys and the Mooney Suzuki, add the occasional Nico-esque vocal, and you have something close to the sound of Southern California based duo Golden Animals (Tommy Eisner and Linda Beecroft), who make their LP debut with Free Your Mind And Win A Pony. This collection of 11 songs is straightforward and unpretentious psychedelic blues rock, gritty and briskly paced with some nifty guitar work to push it along, and best of all, as evidenced by the album title, it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Though the blues rock duo arena has unexpectedly become somewhat crowded, Golden Animals have just enough going for them to distinguish themselves from the pack, and have some infectious fun doing it. Things can only go up for them from here. Standout cuts: “The Steady Roller,” “Queen Mary (The Flop),” “Try On Me” and “Darkness & Light.”


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