Friday, December 9, 2011

Review: The Genuine Fakes “Linear Notes” [EP]

Power pop
Swedish power pop band, The Genuine Fakes, made a hugely favorable impression on us with last year’s debut record, “The Striped Album” (reviewed here). The band is back already, serving up an EP of “leftovers” of sorts that for various reasons didn't make it onto the debut album. In addition to the original tunes, the EP also contains two covers speaking to the band's influences. “Metal Sky” was originally written and recorded by Andreas Mattsson of Popsicle fame and “Somehow Everything” is a revamped Posies song that was first released on “Beautiful Escape: The Songs of The Posies Revisited” tribute album a few years ago.

Every song here sparkles with those affable harmonies we have come to expect from The Genuine Fakes, although the hooks in most of them are not quite as sharp as the tunes that grace the debut EP. My favorites include “Time Is Slight” and “I Wanna Be A Stranger”.

If you fell in love with “The Striped Album”, there is surely something here that will please you. If you haven’t experienced The Genuine Fakes yet, start with “The Striped Album” instead of this EP. The EP was released 11/11/11 and can be purchased through the band’s web site. Their next full length album is expected to be released in 2012.

The Genuine Fakes - Official site.

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