September 15, 2005
Click Five, Greetings from Imrie House
All boy bands should
sound like this.
Technically, The Click
Five is not a boy band. The bouncy pop. Synthesizers and bright and
shiny vocals are, technically, Boston barley-out-of-indie-stage pop.
Their harmonies are Beach Boys, their attitude is a politer SmashMouth,
their pose is a less bookish Fountains of Wayne. Songs like “Good Day”
and “Catch Your Wave” could be Sprite commercials or theme songs to
mid-1990s NBC sitcoms but surprise you for how annoying they’re not.
Sure, it sounds like these boys started shaving (some of them) yesterday
maybe but ignore the preposterous lyrics about regret and hard times and
you’ll find yourself more-or-less enjoying the benign power ballads and
the pretty pretty melodies. Greetings from Imrie House is likely to be
the only album you and your 11-year-old daughter will ever agree on.