By Tommy Rehbein
Duluth’s Cars & Trucks play well-produced, guitar-heavy pop whose instrument tones and vocal style remind me a bit of bands like Kid Dakota and Story of the Sea.
The songs are pretty straightforward but well thought out in arrangement. There are key changes in the right places and oddball noises and use of pedals where needed.
I get the feeling these guys might be J. Robbins fans by the way the way this is recorded and mixed, as there are enough sharp edges in this pop/rock to keep it from getting too sugary.
I don’t know too much about this band but this is a decent album. My one beef is all of the songs are around the same tempo, so it’d be cool if they threw a couple faster scorchers in with the batch. Still, not too shabby.