The Spinners

Faded Seaside Glamour (Delays, 2004)

In British, Dodo Dayao, Indie Rock on January 4, 2010 at 7:45 am

The helium in Greg Gilbert’s voice, you will find, four tracks down, is not affectation, its muscle memory, that’s his voice apparently—why would a guy want to sing like Liz Frazer anyway, unless he really does? Say it for that pitch, it conduits the vibe he aims for perfectly. Call it breathy ecstasy, call it Nearer to Heaven as one of the songs proclaim. Not quite extending the Lee Mavers legacy beyond that sole La’s album as some quarters have claimed, the songs, ironically enough, run out of breath, and of ecstasy, eventually letting Gilbert down. But for at least half of this, and especially with the lovelorn chime of Hey Girl, this is the kind of anachronism camouflaged as nostalgia camouflaged as anachronism that makes not only perfect summer guitarpop but perfect pop, period.

– Dodo Dayao

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