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Album Review

The Tulsa threesome are up to the old tricks again, this time even more firmly securing their ownership of the post-Fountains of Wayne realms of alternative pop/rock. It is a fun trip for fans of '90s lite indie rock. Their quirky blend of Cracker, the Lemonheads, and They Might Be Giants is in full array on the lead-off track "Good as Gold." From there, the album takes you through gem after gem of power pop confection. By this, their fifth release, the boys neither ask for forgiveness nor seem to show any remorse for crafting such a distraction from deep thought. Case in point: "Smash It Up" encourages all sorts of kicking of inanimate objects. And maybe if more bands were gripping lightweight topics such as these, the world would have an appreciation all new for these misfits. Regardless, Center of the Universe is a delight that is not to be missed.

Customer Reviews

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I've had this CD for over two years now and it remains a big favorite.
Everything you love about power pop is here! The hooks, the melodies, the harmonies, the sounds that move you, both physically and emotionally.
In the case of Admiral Twin, diversity is a huge strength. They do a lot of things, but they do it all with the same high quality execution. The sweeeet sounds of "Good As Gold", with it's optimism and lush harmonies. The rhythmic bite of "Smash It Up". The two sides of love expressed in "I Confess" and "If Hell is Like You". Lyrical puzzles tied in melodic threads of "Renegade Planet", "Big Black Car", and "Fear". The cautions of "Monument" and the warmth and hope of "Get Well Soon". The Center of the Universe takes on many meanings here. The famous Tulsa auditory landmark, our little planet in the grand scheme, each of us as we relate to the parts of our world that touch us, and our perception of our spiritual place. As usual Admiral Twin can entertain us and challenge us to think about these things at the same time. This is my #1 Best of 2007.
The Admiral Twin guys have been providing great Tulsa based power pop since 1998, and this is one of their best. Can't wait to hear what their next project will be, they never fail to impress me.

Since 1998

Love these guys since back in the day! They were independent label and pure Gold!


Formed: Tulsa, OK

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Tulsa, OK's pop-rock quartet Admiral Twin consists of guitarist/pianist/vocalist John Russell, guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Brad Becker, bassist/vocalist Mark Carr, and drummer/vocalist Jarrod Gollihare. Named after a drive-in in their hometown, the group formed from other local bands and quickly earned a reputation for theatrical live shows...
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