Summer Of A Thousand Years Ė The Grip Weeds (US)
|Label:||Laughing Outlaw / Rainbow Quartz Records
|Highlights:||She Surrounds Me
Rainy Day #3
Don't Look Over Your Shoulder
As many critics have noted, New Jersey band The Gripweeds, mix strong Byrdís like harmonies to Who-like power chords and drumming and update it all for the new millennium. Judging by the cover artwork, I initially judged their third album, Summer Of A Thousand Years, to be another cool yet ultimately forgettable 60ís revisionist album. However, it didnít take me long to realize that this album is much better than that. The singing throughout is superb as is the graceful guitar playing of Kristen Pinell, who also plays in another excellent pop band, The Rooks. But really it keeps coming down to the songs and how theyíre played and this album is full of great ones, none better than first single Rainy Day #3.
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