Chinese Fountain (LP) [Explicit]


The Growlers

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Amoeba Review

09/22/2014

The Growlers had previously announced their fourth album would be “more grown up, well polished.” Would our rabble-rousing O.C. kids who were Hung at Heart on their last album ditch the garage for something mature? The answer is a half-yes. On Chinese Fountain, the band successfully adds new elements to their sound while retaining their core garage-rock appeal. After throwing their fans a few bones with the saloon jangle of “Big Toe” and heartbreak rock of “Black Memories,” the title track introduces swirling synths and funk guitars to the mix, a bid at stadium rock ‘n’ roll although still with a nice grit to it and non sequiturs about our retro-obsessed yet technologically saturated society (“even disco seems pop”; “every little kid wants a computer in his pocket”; “the Internet gets bigger than Jesus and John Lennon”). These prove welcome additions to their sound, as the band gives a light reggae touch to “Dull Boy” and makes nods to ’80s bands like Blondie, The Cure and the Pixies (on the surging “Good Advice”). Brooks Nielsen’s vocals and lyrics, in particular, feel improved, as Nielsen proves he has more to say than the average SoCal garage dude—“that ain’t a home; it’s a furnace in need of some matches” he sings weerily on “Magnificent Sadness,” while “Good Advice” suggests, “there’s nothing as depressing as good advice, nobody wants to hear how to live their life.” It may not be quite as cohesive as some of their other work, but Chinese Fountain finds the band in top form, nonetheless. Maybe maturity ain’t such a bad thing after all. 



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Big Toe
The Growlers 02:31
2.
Black Memories
The Growlers 02:51
3.
Chinese Fountain
The Growlers 04:05
4.
Dull Boy
The Growlers 03:23
5.
Good Advice
The Growlers 03:24
6.
Going Gets Tough
The Growlers 03:28
7.
Magnificent Sadness
The Growlers 03:34
8.
Love Test
The Growlers 04:09
9.
Not The Man
The Growlers 03:28
10.
Rare Hearts
The Growlers 04:44
11.
Purgatory Drive
The Growlers 03:08

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