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Album Review

Summertown is the sound of a band proud to carry the banner for classic and alternative power pop groups from the 1960s to the 1980s. It sounds like a reviewer's cop-out, but how much you like this stuff seems to depend on how enamored you are of the form as a whole, rather than the content in particular. The songs are confidently executed and fairly melodic, but not exceptionally so. There are plenty of power chords, occasional psychedelic blips and a bit of a late-20th century metallic blur in some of the guitar parts. The songs are cheerful and literate, but not terribly deep. It can be given a no-holds-barred thumbs-up to fans of Big Star and Chris Stamey (who produced), yet could use more substance and personality. The lyrics guaranteed to provoke the most critical comment are found on "Down with Peter Green," inspired (obliquely, it seems) by the troubled original Fleetwood Mac guitarist.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The Mayflies USA (there is no Mayflies UK, that's just a joke) are one of the more pop-oriented bands to emerge from the buzzing, trendy Chapel Hill, North Carolina scene in the 1990s. After a debut EP in 1997, they released their first full-length in early 1999, which was produced by North Carolina alt-pop legend Chris Stamey. That's a logical connection, since Stamey and the Mayflies USA share a love of British pop, power pop in the Big Star mold, and the kind of jangly alternative pop-rock that...
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