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Album Review

The title says it all: Cherry Twister are a homespun pop group, and At Home With Cherry Twister is a collection of their homemade demo recordings. Led by frontman Steve Ward, Cherry Twister embody the D.I.Y. ethic of Ram-era McCartney while sounding like they spend lots of time listening to Beach Boys and Big Star records. The guitars are alternately chiming and crunchy all over this one, with gooey, almost sticky-sweet background vocals drenched over every bridge and chorus. The problem is that it sounds better on paper. Like all too many of their peers, Cherry Twister fail to stumble across anything resembling a truly memorable hook (with a few notable exceptions, such as "Meteorite"). And at 16 tracks, the album is an awful lot to swallow, given the lack of an obvious entry point, and given that Steve Ward's rather pinched vocals are an acquired taste. Even with these limitations, At Home With Cherry Twister became one of the most popular guitar pop cult records of the late '90s, showing that Ward's endearingly quirky songwriting and the Twister's devotion to '60s-influenced three-and-a-half minute pop singles certainly reached quite a few listeners.

Customer Reviews

Good songwriting.

Steve Ward has a gift for writing concise pop songs with great melodies. He knows exactly when to bring a chorus to it's end. Writes great verses with wonderful and even fresh melodies. The lyrics are interestingly crafted with clever and sweet hooks. The influences are very obvious, but he doesn't sit on any one of them exclusively. Yet, for all of these hooks, there is one important aspect missing. Emotion. It all sounds a little robotic, and all about being clever and showing off his songwriting skills in a cool, detached way. As one of his obvious idols, Paul McCartney sings on Hey Jude: "And well you know that it's the fool, who plays it cool." This guy could be great if he takes the blinders off. But this album is still good: If you want an album with really tunes on it, get this.


Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Cherry Twister is a lo-fi bedroom-recording outfit featuring the songwriting and vocals of Steve Ward in tandem with drummer Ross Sackler. Their self-titled debut appeared on Planet Earthy in 1993; guitarist Michael Giblin signed...
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