CD Review: Lazy Lions’ When Dreaming Lets you Down
Much like The New Trocaderos‘ new one, Lazy Lions draw their influences from powerpop / rock bands of the late 70’s and early 80’s. There’s a lot to like on When Dreaming Lets You Down, as Lazy Lions have delivered a collection of intelligently written songs – guts, guitars and hooks.
Comparisons to Elvis Costello are inescapable however Lazy Lions reminded me as much of a more recent favorite, Edward O’Connell. Jim Allen’s vocals sound like a Pat DiNizio / Edward O’Connell hybrid. And the songs are catchy pop bursts lasting no more than 3 and a half minutes each, for the most part.
“Tiny Little Cracks” has a highly enjoyable, bouncy beat with a chorus that’ll have you singing along. “Diane” is a simple pop tune – and less is definitely more here. With an infectious chorus, “Diane” is a song that will stick in your head after only a listen or two. “Scientific” is extreme lyrical fun and the harmonies in “Suzannah Rachel” make it a keeper too. However, my personal favorite is “She’s Your Nightmare Now” with appropriate embellishments courtesy of Bella Lugosi.
When Dreaming Lets You Down is a very worthwhile effort and more importantly, its a lot of fun. If you’re a fan of Elvis Costello or more recently, Edward O’Connell, you’ll probably dig Lazy Lions. Although the official release date is March 17, you can pre-order When Dreaming Lets You Down from Amazon HERE. Should you need any further info, feel free to email the band HERE.