i want a leine’s to go with that first song

Everything has a beginning, a middle, and an end – it’s the parts in between that makes things interesting. Sadly, The Wildbirds’ (né The Robins, né Number One Fan) full-length debut Golden Daze lacks the in-between.

The album kicks off with “421” – a hit that makes me feel like I’m in a hazy bar – beer in hand – in the best way possible. “Shake Shake” is fairly solid, and then things start slipping, with the biggest misstep being “It’s Alright Now”. Slower, it tries far too hard to capture the Middle-Eastern twinged psychedelia popular in the late 60s by employing vocal effects, tambourines, and a dragging tempo.

Exactly halfway through the record is another ass-kicker, “All Get Away”. Though similar to the rock revival played by The Strokes, Jet, etc., it has a decidedly Midwestern flair. Then it’s back to mediocre until the last two songs on Golden Daze.

“Please Don’t Go” takes things in a slightly different direction with twangier guitars and a chorus that has a soul-like influence to it. After the full-on assault of most of the tunes, it’s a refreshing step back. Closing the album is “Suzanna”, a nice acoustic number that is pleasing to go out on.

Though Golden Daze isn’t thrilling, it’s by no means terrible either. A lot of the songs have potential to be great live, and when The Wildbirds are hit the mark, they do it extremely well.

Golden Daze drops 8/17/07.
The Wildbirds are going on tour with Jesse Malin. For tour dates and more, click here.

our very first mixtape

A Winter Passing

01| Peace and Hate by The Submarines

02| It’s Happening by Number One Fan

03| Polaris by Jimmy Eat World

04| This Modern Love by Bloc Party

05| Lullaby by The Cure

06| Comptine D’un Autre Ete: Lapres Midi by Yann Tiersen

07| 9 Crimes by Damien Rice

08| The Scientist by Johnette Napolitano and Danny Lohner

09| I Know You Are But What Am I? by Mogwai

10| Hot Summers Nuclear Winters by The Meteah Strike

11| Jesus Christ by Brand New

12| Monachetti by Further Seems Forever

13| Textbook by We Are Scientists

14| Motorcycle Drive By by Third Eye Blind

15| Your Hand In Mine by Explosions In The Sky