Nothing People LP reviewed by James Jackson Toth

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Nothing People LP reviewed by James Jackson Toth
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Aug 6, 2008, 20:53

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NOTHING PEOPLE Anonymous LP

Nothing People begin their much anticipated debut album, wisely, with “In The City,” which previously appeared on one of their previous three amazing 7”s (see reviews here, here and here). This is still the classic Nothing People track, an undeniably great synth-heavy pop tune that recalls early Roxy Music and long forgotten upstarts The Yummy Fur. If the masses ever got a hold of this song, these guys would surely be holding court with Jack White and his ilk. Luckily for us, the blogging troglodytes of 7-11 Nation aren't that smart. About a third of the way through the album, following the doom-y “State of Mine,” which will appeal to fans of mascara-clad loner pop from Virgin Prunes to The Faint, the album abruptly shifts gears, giving way to more guitars and less synthesizers, at which point Nothing People transform from an excellent pop band to a fairly decent rockin' one. The swamp blues of “Should've Known” proves the band is just as comfortable paying homage to Jesus and Mary Chain as they are to Chrome, while “Outsiders Are” is even more punk rock, sounding like The Stooges covering Confusion is Sex. These are unfortunately followed by several non-starters like the slight “Corner's For” and the meandering “Fatal Planet,” but things quickly get back on track. If “In The City” is the album's best song, they saved second best for last. Closer “I-5” is beautifully rendered dark noir, conjuring rainy cities and road-weary Travis Bickle types. Nothing People have made a strong debut here, and if they initially seem better suited to the 7” format, that's merely a testament to the immediacy and defiantly classicist nature of a band on the rise. [S-s Records]

-James Jackson Toth

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