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Tinted Windows

Tinted Windows

The latest supergroup not named Chickenfoot, Tinted Windows is a collaboration between Taylor Hanson, Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne, and ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, with the driving backbeat of drummer Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) for good measure. Although Pumpkins purists and loyal Hanson fans will likely take notice, the driving power-pop songs here suggest a smoothed-out Cheap Trick or a streamlined, less quirky Fountains of Wayne. Indeed, the bulk of the songs were penned by Schlesinger, closer in spirit to his theme song for "That Thing You Do!" than most of his work with Fountains. Production-wise, the sound takes a cue from the 60s and 70s, where pop music could have a big, bright, polished sound without the use of Pro-Tools and overly-processed guitars and drums. And despite Hanson's presence this is a keyboard and synth-free affair, with Iha's raw guitar and Carlos' propulsive drumming laying the foundation for an array of hooks, sing-along choruses and vocal harmonies. And though everything is sugar-coated enough to give your eardrums diabetes, the trim 35-minute running time keeps things short but sweet. Simple and superficial but upbeat and undeniably catchy, this is a fun little album tailor-made for driving in the sun with the top down.


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