Year of the Album — #068
The Bandana Splits – “Mr Sam Presents The Bandana Splits” (2011, Boy Scout Recordings)
In many ways, the last few years have been defined by pop-culture throwbacks. Now Brooklyn’s Bandana Splits arrive to provide their spin on 50s and 60s bubblegum pop and doo-wop. The result is a respectable diversion, reviving, but not innovating, the genre.
This was my audition piece for PopMatters, and I wrote it almost two months ago. The album didn’t blow my mind, but as far as retro revivals of classic styles go, this one’s going to please genre purists and make many more listeners stop at least for a moment to lend these ladies an ear. Sometimes we expect too much “innovation” from pop music anyway … some of the best pop songs are simple, ear-catching bits of ephemera to begin with, and they’re still great songs. There’s plenty to enjoy on this album, even if the individual songs don’t necessarily dig their way into the memory banks. You can read the full review at PopMatters.