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Thursday, Aug 11 2016 | 06:50
Image: 1605788 Having Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake as your record producers is
roughly the equivalent of having musical life insurance. In addition to
the pair’s outstanding work together in the Latin Playboys, Froom has
produced Crowded House and Suzanne Vega, to name two, while
Blake has mixed or engineered seminal groups from the BoDeans to
the Bangles.
That said, the danger in hooking up with such a studio-savvy pair
is the sheer force of their dominance, and unless an artist has real
vision, the star of the show will inevitably be the ensuing sonics, not
the songs. While fledgling pop combo Phantom Planet write breezy,
accessible, jangly, upbeat songs that only occasionally speak to darker
themes (the mildly cynical “Turn Smile Shift Repeat” and wistful “One
Ray of Sunlight”), The Guest feels maddeningly measured, as if every
chiming guitar part were scripted and directed for maximum sheen. In
other words, it’s toothless. If a band can’t stretch in the presence of
Froom and Blake, when can they?
- Kim Hughes

1. California
2. Always On My Mind
3. Lonely Day
4. One Ray Of Sunlight
5. Anthem
6. In Our Darkest Hour
7. Turn Smile Shift Repeat
8. Hey Now Girl
9. Nobody’s Fault
10. All Over Again
11. Wishing Well
12. Something Is Wrong

• First ever North American vinyl release for this Album
• Pressed on Clear with Black Smoke colored vinyl
• Featuring the hit songs “California”, “Lonely Day” and “Anthem” Available from 09.09.2016
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