THE BANGLES – SWEETHEART OF THE SUN (review)

The Bangles Sweetheart of the sun is a throw back album for sure but not the Walks Like An Egyptian era, were talking 1965 go-go boots groovy pop drenched in maple syrup production. This is an interesting,well produced and mature record for Susanna Hoffs, Vicki and  Debbi Peterson. S.O.T.S  will be released Sept 27th 2011. There are so many good things to talk about with this collection I will keep it simple: If you ever liked The Bangles then buy it! If you are a fan of 60′s pop then buy it! All of the songs are perfect for this record keeping the continuity at all times. Tons of oohs and ahhs, lots of fuzzy guitars and great bass lines, big drums, great vocals and harmonies. What more do you want? Although all the songs are strong the winner hear upon the first few listens is I’ll Never Be Through With You a super sweet pop ballad with an infectious chorus and a vocal quality that can make you melt. I don’t know if it was intentional or not but the first track Anna Lee (Sweetheart Of The Sun) starts with riff straight out of The Who’s Tommy Overture (1969) and ends with Open My Eyes that has riff straight from The Who’s Can’t Explain (1964) Whether is was intentional or sub conscious it has a nice way of framing the record because it is only a moment.  Other honorary moments include The Mommas And The Poppas, Jefferson Airplane and of course The Beatles. The funny thing is even with this being a intentionally nostalgic project this record has a weird way of still feeling current. I can honestly say that this record completely surprised me in its complexity and field of vision. Strange thing is, In my opinion this is the best record by The Bangles yet… I know, I don’t know what that means either.

Great record!

4 (out of 5)

J.S.L.

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