It never fails that I end up writing about records that came out during November and December well into the start of the following year. It bums me out a bit because I always feel like I'm doing the records a disservice since I wasn't able to include them on my end of the year round up. I try to stay on top of new releases, but I guess I'm just destined to be a few months behind on certain things.
Can Of Beans would have definitely ended up on my best-of in some capacity. It's a terrific album that manages to take some pet peeves of mine and flip them into something really enjoyable. I've probably gone on record a few time saying that I just can't get into bands like Nobunny or Hunx And His Punx. The super high pitched vocals and general goofball vibe of it all makes it impossible for me to take seriously. So, whenever I hear anything kind of similar, I tend to not like it as much.
Can Of Beans completely turns that around for me. Yes, the vocals are quite high pitched and have similar production values to those aforementioned folks. However, Can Of Beans slows things town and takes everything much more seriously. I'm not saying this is an important, stark record or anything like that. It's a good time, but it's not played for laughs. These are just great well written pop songs. At the same time, if you are someone that does typically like Nobunny & co., this record should just floor you as I think it is that style of bubblegum garage pop perfected.
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