Tinted Windows are a power pop supergroup featuring
Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger, Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha, Hanson’s
Taylor Hanson and Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos. So it’s no surprise that much of
their debut album sounds like a slightly heavier, slightly glammier version of
Fountains of Wayne. Schlesinger turns up his guitar a little more, Hanson does
his best Robin Zander and the band harmonizes on hook after hook.
In 1978, this album could have been a hit. But in this day
and age, it will appeal to a very specific audience: namely, music nerds (like
many of us at Blurt) who swoon over a
well-crafted chorus. And those people will find a lot to love. Anyone
disappointed by FOW’s latest or wondering why they don’t make albums like Cheap Trick In Color anymore needs to
own this. Others will find it catchy and enjoyable, but hardly essential.
Standout Tracks: “Kind of a Girl” “Take Me Back” HAL BIENSTOCK