Army Navy

October 23, 2008

The full length debut from Los Angeles based band Army Navy sounds like a happy collision between the Monkees, Teenage Fanclub, Nick Lowe, Marshall Crenshaw and the Housemartins. The slightly noirish album cover, showing a phone booth in the dark, belies the sunny music inside, which is full of soaring melodies, jangly guitars and breezy harmonizing. I’m not sure listeners will necessarily find anything radically new or groundbreaking here among the 12 tracks included here, but it’s otherwise difficult to find fault with a set of music so filled with infectious melodies and so highly enjoyable. Standout cuts: “Dark As Days,” “Saints,” “Unresponsive Ears” and “Ignite.”


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