Snappy Little Numbers (2018)
I think this band has a silly name and although I'm not one that typically puts too much stock in a band's name (I do have four Goober Patrol records, after all), I wonder if some folks might overlook this record. I certainly wasn't expecting such strong pop hooks based on the band name and album artwork.
While I do appreciate all of the singalong choruses and the general catchiness of most of these songs, there is probably a bit too much lead guitar noodling for my personal taste. I find myself digging into a song only to have it morph into a Minibosses style shred fest. Those are the moments where I'm less interested, but when the band keeps is simpler and relies more on the riffs than the leads like on "Back To The Womb" or "Leave It Open" I'm completely captivated.
Ultimately Between The Outfield And Outer Space is a bit of a mixed bag for me. There are moments in every song that I like and a handful of the songs are pretty great. But there's so much lead guitar on this record and I keep having late 80s pop metal flashbacks when they kick in. I'm just a simple man and I guess I like music that's a bit simpler as well.
Bud Bronson & The Good Timers - Between The Outfield and Outer Space: