Friday, April 14, 2006
CD of the Day, 4/14/06: The Slides-The View From Here
The Slides are from Down Under - Brisbane to be specific - and they follow in the footsteps of fellow countrymen like Michael Carpenter, Chris Murphy and Simon Morel in bringing us pure pop goodness. There's also a hint of their colleagues across the Tasman Sea, Neil Finn and Crowded House.
The View From Here is an excellent debut, and the jangly title track gets things off to a great start; "Not Alone With You" has the Finn/Crowded House sound down pat, and "Higher" has some of the 80s pop sound in the vein of Murphy's Elbow Room. But just when you have them pegged, they pull out their best Fountains of Wayne impression on "Jenny Please Don't Answer Your Phone", and wrap up things in fine fashion on the pretty ballad "...and Back to You".
Start with their myspace page, which streams all of the tracks mentioned above except "Jenny", and you can sample the rest and buy at cd baby. The View From Here is that Australia is fast becoming the hottest spot on the planet for quality pop.