Music: Supermodel Twins * *
Raincloud Free (Gohan)
Cranberries guitarist Noel Hogan has devoted much time to these newcomers from his native Limerick. And Raincloud Free was produced by Hogan and it is being released on his own record label.
The Cranberries connection will certainly open doors. But whether or not those doors stay open is another thing.
The PR bumf promises "infectious melodies, sinful harmonies and dramatic guitar crescendos delivered in a Beatles-like swagger", but such a description is sadly way off.
Guitars may be to the fore, but so too is a singer with a mid-Atlantic twang, a slew of cheesy riffs and lyrics so inane you might find yourself headbutting the nearest wall. Never Let You Go is especially abhorrent.
In places, the band's penchant for sub-Fountains of Wayne power pop pays dividends -- My Girl shows that they're capable of nailing the three-minute tune -- but too often their cartoonish posturing ruins what might have been good songs.
And it's never a good thing when certain songs remind you of the terrible punk-lite offender Andrew WK.
The album clocks in at a mercifully short 35 minutes, but it will be the patient listener indeed who maintains their interest until the bitter end.
To be fair to the band, many of the tracks sound fine in isolation. But over the course of an album -- even a short one like this -- the paucity of ideas doesn't take long to grate.
Burn it: My Girl