Review - Spirit Stereo Frequency

Artist: All Night Radio

Spirit Stereo Frequency
Label: Sub Pop
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Spirit Stereo Frequency

Crashing, psychedelic echo. Bubbling Mellotron. Trippy, double-tracked vocals. Cross-purpose harmonies. There's plenty about "Spirit Stereo Frequency" to evoke pilled-out pop thrills, but when it all hits within the first 15 seconds of the first song ... well, that's just crazy, man. However, the two men that comprise All Night Radio -- Dave Scher and Jimi Hey, both of aggravating retro-saccharinists Beachwood Sparks -- manage to pull an entire album's worth of inventiveness out of this side project and, by the time the near-eight-minute blotter-driven dirge of "All Night Radio" (note: it's never cool to have a song named after your band, or vice versa) closes out the disc, the two have plowed through a generation's worth of pop hooks, drippy melodies and mind-numbing reverb.

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