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To Dreamers [Slipcase]
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Album: To Dreamers [Slipcase]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Rock and Roll with Me
2)    Pinecone
3)    Keeping the Flame
4)    Fire Escape
5)    I Remember, You Were Wild
6)    Ventriloquist
7)    Baby I Got News for You
8)    Little Girl
9)    I Don't Get That
10)    I Like, I Like
11)    August
12)    Love Let Me in Again
13)    Bottle Up
 

Album: To Dreamers [Slipcase]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Rock and Roll with Me
2)    Pinecone
3)    Keeping the Flame
4)    Fire Escape
5)    I Remember, You Were Wild
6)    Ventriloquist
7)    Baby I Got News for You
8)    Little Girl
9)    I Don't Get That
10)    I Like, I Like
11)    August
12)    Love Let Me in Again
13)    Bottle Up
 
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Performer Notes
  • Recording information: Decibelle Studio.
  • Photographer: Richard Hirneisen.
  • Kelley Stoltz is in a `60s state of mind on his fourth Sub Pop record. Like his past albums, To Dreamers mixes endearing retro-pop pastiche with homemade production, a move that pays homage to Stoltz's influences -- Ray Davies, Brian Wilson, Gene Clark, and other heavyweights from yesteryear -- without directly aping their sound. The guitar riffs are appropriately fuzzy but a tad messy; the harmonies are well-placed but imperfect. Stoltz is a vintage enthusiast, but he's no copycat, and To Dreamers' best quality is his ability to reinterpret those sounds for an audience weaned on lo-fi albums. "Pinecone," with its woodwinds and jangled guitar chords, is the sort of British pop song that's tailor-made for the lazy dog days of summer, while "Little Girl" bears the markings of a Nuggets inclusion. It's far too easy to trace Stoltz's songs back to the artists who inspired them -- there's a Byrds tune here, a Paul McCartney song there -- but that seems to be the point, with Stoltz presenting himself as the ultimate pop music fan instead of the ultimate pop songwriter. Bonus: he covers Big Boy Pete's "Baby I Got News for You," with Pete Miller himself lending plenty of fuzz guitar to the version. ~ Andrew Leahey
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.107) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he tangible sense that he's doing music purely for the love of it adds extra shine to what's already ace."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.51) - Ranked #42 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[S]piked with punkish insouciance and dolled up in glittering glam."

Clash (magazine) - "It's absorbing, sophisticated, feel-good, and nostalgic music..."

Uncut (magazine) (p.102) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[D]otted with irresistibly hooky gems....'60s guitar great Pete 'Big Boy' Miller cameos on a transcendent remake of his 1965 classic 'Baby I've Got News For You.'"
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