Terry Anderson and the Olympic Ass-Kickin Team
"National Champions" CD
Genre: rock, country-rock
Terry Anderson and his Olympic Ass-Kickin Team on a
feisty and infectious rock album. These folks don't reinvent the
genre, but they play with ample verve and hook. Still, National
Champions brings to mind an oft-neglected fact: pop albums these
days are often just too long. When it comes to a generically
straightforward pop/rock record, rarely do things stay fresh past
the thirty minute mark. Longer albums tend to be unfortunately repetitious, and there's a frequent tendency toward filler.
Accordingly, Anderson and co. blast through many a pop hook
on this twelve-song effort, but their spirited romping wears a
little thin by the disc's end - a shame, since several of the best
efforts seem to have been stashed in the disc's tail end.
Still, looking this
disc over, it will be the better songs that live on in my memory.
Call me a romantic.
With inevitable comparisons to Tom Petty and Neil Young,
twangy "Lost Your Number" and Who-influenced "Is We or Ain't
We" have the sort of hooks that surface in your dreams. Then there's
the infectious Rolling Stones/country-rock hybrid of "Lover
Like That" (good but the production lacks warmth), and mellow ballad
"Feel Right Now." Sadly, a fair bit of filler bogs the record down
("Willie Mays," dreadfully bland "Indy 500," "Found Missin'") - but
that's what iPods are for, right? Above all, National Champions
cements Anderson as a respectable pop songwriter with an
obvious appreciation for classic rock.
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