OTHERS TALK BACK

This isn't the spot to lay down odds on the third race. OTB is where Others Talk Back and give you the lowdown on what they've been feeling lately. This one's for the customers.

Superchunk – “What A Time to Be Alive”  Since their return in 2009, Superchunk has released two albums, one in 2010, and another in 2013. Those albums were good but not great.  But those albums were more than one would expect from a band who had not released an album in ten years and had basically stopped touring.  The five year wait, however, for “What A Time to Be Alive “was definitely worth it.  “What A Time to Be Alive” is as good as any the band released in their classic years – those years being roughly from 1990 to 1995.  Yes, it is that good.  If you were ever a fun of Superchunk you will have to pick this one up right away.  Just remember, it is that good. - Ted

Shannon and The Clams - “Onion”  Shannon and the Clams (SATC) have released four albums since 2009.  Before this album, Shannon Shaw and her band cranked out a sixties garage/surf sound.  They were fun, but also a bit jokey, playing everything for laughs.  “Onion” was produced by Dan Auerbach of Black Keys fame.   It appears that during the production, Mr.  Auerbach and the band went back and looked at the deep background of the band’s sound.  They swept aside the jokey parts and went back to what made the songs so great so many years ago.  Those songs that got the band hooked on the sounds of the sixties in the first place.  The time frame for the new album is 1963 to 1965, and includes soul, R&B, pop, surf, girl groups and more.  SATC songs on “Onion” are not pastiches of the early sixties, but songs that take the best parts of the sixties and build upon them to make great songs, songs that are great regardless of the time frame.  “Onion” is a head turner when compared to what the band did before.  And there is nothing wrong with growth! - Ted

Marlon Williams – “Make Way For Love”  Mr. Williams is only 28 and this is only his second album.  How a man as young as Mr. Williams can make an album that sounds like it is from another era but still sound so totally fresh is astounding.  The sweet and high voice of Mr. Williams conjures up visions of a young Roy Orbison.   The country/pop music also seems to bring back another era.   But as with Shannon and the Clams, there is more going on with Mr. Williams than revivals.  His talent is what makes this album something familiar but also some new.   And his vocal talent is astounding.   “Make Way For Love” is an album from a talent that is just beginning.  One wonders what he will do in the next few years. - Ted

This isn't the spot to lay down odds on the third race. OTB is where Others Talk Back and give you the lowdown on what they've been feeling lately. This one's for the customers.

Superchunk – “What A Time to Be Alive”  Since their return in 2009, Superchunk has released two albums, one in 2010, and another in 2013. Those albums were good but not great.  But those albums were more than one would expect from a band who had not released an album in ten years and had basically stopped touring.  The five year wait, however, for “What A Time to Be Alive “was definitely worth it.  “What A Time to Be Alive” is as good as any the band released in their classic years – those years being roughly from 1990 to 1995.  Yes, it is that good.  If you were ever a fun of Superchunk you will have to pick this one up right away.  Just remember, it is that good. - Ted

Shannon and The Clams - “Onion”  Shannon and the Clams (SATC) have released four albums since 2009.  Before this album, Shannon Shaw and her band cranked out a sixties garage/surf sound.  They were fun, but also a bit jokey, playing everything for laughs.  “Onion” was produced by Dan Auerbach of Black Keys fame.   It appears that during the production, Mr.  Auerbach and the band went back and looked at the deep background of the band’s sound.  They swept aside the jokey parts and went back to what made the songs so great so many years ago.  Those songs that got the band hooked on the sounds of the sixties in the first place.  The time frame for the new album is 1963 to 1965, and includes soul, R&B, pop, surf, girl groups and more.  SATC songs on “Onion” are not pastiches of the early sixties, but songs that take the best parts of the sixties and build upon them to make great songs, songs that are great regardless of the time frame.  “Onion” is a head turner when compared to what the band did before.  And there is nothing wrong with growth! - Ted

Marlon Williams – “Make Way For Love”  Mr. Williams is only 28 and this is only his second album.  How a man as young as Mr. Williams can make an album that sounds like it is from another era but still sound so totally fresh is astounding.  The sweet and high voice of Mr. Williams conjures up visions of a young Roy Orbison.   The country/pop music also seems to bring back another era.   But as with Shannon and the Clams, there is more going on with Mr. Williams than revivals.  His talent is what makes this album something familiar but also some new.   And his vocal talent is astounding.   “Make Way For Love” is an album from a talent that is just beginning.  One wonders what he will do in the next few years. - Ted