January 26, 2006

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Gone Baby Gone, Gone Baby Gone

Red Blue Records, 2004

B

If you’ve been overfed with power-pop artists such as Fall Out Boy or Blink 182, you might want to avoid Gone Baby Gone. But, speaking as one of those overfed individuals, I say you’ll be doing yourself an injustice to ignore this local talent.

Gone Baby Gone’s self-titled debut album is filled to the brim with upbeat simple packages of music that make you smile and sing along.

Gone Baby Gone is the perfect companion to a car stereo when you have your windows rolled down and sunroof open.

Songs like “Life Story” and “Why” have poppy rhythms that find their way into your brain, like it or not.

I’m not sure why it’s become a prerequisite to have a whiny-like youthful voice as the lead singer of a power-pop band (like the aforementioned Fall Out Boy) but Brendan Lynch fills the role nicely.

But describing Lynch’s voice as childlike isn’t meant negatively; he somehow seems authentic when singing lyrics such as “Underneath the heap of dirty clothes lies my peace of mind. Motivation put the quarters in their holes. Add detergent and surely all will turn out fine” in “Broken Streets.”

Slower ballads such as “Back Door” show off the band’s ability to harmonize (something lacking in many popular power-pop bands) but fast-paced tunes are Gone Baby Gone’s bread and butter.

The nine-track album is over before you know it, and it might take a few listens before you actually devote your full attention to it. It’s a good album to have as an energy booster or to drown out the noises of annoying co-workers who sit beside you.

— Richie Victorino