Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cheap Time
Wallpaper Music
In The Red [2012]

Here's the latest from Tennessee garage rocker Jeffrey Novak and his ever-changing line up of supporting musicians. Wallpaper Music has what it takes to be an enjoyable and memorable album. Just from the look and the feel of the record (heavy cardboard gatefold cover with artwork reminiscent of Led Zep's Physical Graffiti) and the luring invitational opener, "More Cigarettes", Wallpaper Music could hook almost anyone. The rest of the album spans genres from power pop to folk to classic/southern rock.  The influences found within are solid enough and interesting enough to keep the listener wondering what or who the next song will sound like without feeling that annoying obligation to actually pay attention.
Cheap Time come off as a group of really cool dudes that my dad would've hung out with in the early 70's. Think texas orange ringer tees and those Michelob bottles where you had to tear the gold foil off of the top before opening, and maybe some Aviator sunglasses -- but they're a current group, with contemporary indie rock aspects. Wallpaper Music might be a collection of songs that could end up hanging around for awhile without the deserved amount of people noticing, but, like a fine wallpaper, they're good enough and timeless enough to be appreciated for years to come.

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