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Those Pretty Wrongs - Those Pretty Wrongs

by D R Pautsch Rating:7 Release Date:2016-05-13

Those Pretty Wrongs seem to like the semi-acoustic harmonies that drenched so many 70s records. That's no real surprise, as original Big Star drummer Jody Stephens is one half of this duo, formed when he was asked to perform Big Star recordings in support of a documentary of the band. He found fellow bandmate Luther Russell and this is the first album from them.  

With a band like Big Star, their legacy is heard in so many acts that something like this almost gets compared to those who have been influenced rather than the original. So here the closest comparison is to the one-off recording of 'supergroup' The Thorns. The two albums sit nicely alongside each other and could work as a companion set.

Empty City breaks the mould of the album a little as it has a structure based upon a piano.  It sounds like something Ben Folds could easily record.  Mystery Trip is a throwaway number that is drenched in happiness and sun and sounds like Apples in Stereo.  There are so many similarities to others here it needs you to almost take a step back and appreciate that this is a fine collection of songs from someone who was there first.  

The beautiful simplicity of songs like Lucky Guy and Ordinary are the highlights of this album.  The harmonies just take you to a far happier and sunny place, which is always a good thing.  Perhaps it might not be as good as some of those influenced by Big Star.  But it doesn't matter.  What's here is enough to enjoy and love.

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