Go To School (LP)


The Lemon Twigs

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Amoeba Review

09/12/2018

The first Lemon Twigs record, 2016’s Do Hollywood, is already somewhat of a musical outlier in their discography. As their polished, flashy studio debut, it belies their quaint origin story as precocious brothers with vivid imaginations concocting love letters to their favorite classic rock records, all from within their parent’s basement. Two years after their auspicious start, as well as the victory lap of the Brothers of Destruction EP, the brothers D’Addario feel comfortable enough to return to their roots on their newest release, as Go To School was recorded in that very same basement.

 

Let’s get this out of the way: the Lemon Twigs really, really like Todd Rundgren. A lot. The singing voices of the two brothers tend to operate somewhere between the trebly warble of their aforementioned hero as well as that of power pop troubadour Alex Chilton, and the ‘Twigs are apt to take plenty of songwriting cues from those two as well. Yet this time around the brothers have gone above and beyond by having Rundgren himself guest on the record. Billed as a musical, Go To School follows the absurd tale of an adopted monkey who goes to a new school (with the monkey’s would-be musician/actor parents voiced by Rundgren as well as the brothers’ own mother) before eventually escaping back into the wild. Exactly as cartoonish as it sounds, following Go To School’s plot is not intrinsic to its entertainment value, just like you don’t really care about what’s going on with the characters on something like Tommy. What is important is that it gives the brothers a vessel for which to perform their operatic, theatrical take on ‘70s classic rock. The Lemon Twigs cycle through sounds like costume changes: the influence of Elton John, The Who, Steely Dan, ELO, and Meat Loaf are all readily apparent in these grooves, among many, many others. Self-aware of the inherent goofiness of rock ‘n roll storytelling, Go To School succeeds because it never loses its sense of whimsy through the bombast. So if two successful musicians recording rock operas in their parents' basement is a sure sign of arrested development, let’s hope The Lemon Twigs never grow up.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Never In My Arms, Always In My Heart
The Lemon Twigs 02:59
2.
The Student Becomes The Teacher
The Lemon Twigs 03:09
3.
Rock Dreams
The Lemon Twigs 05:39
4.
The Lesson
The Lemon Twigs 03:13


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Small Victories
The Lemon Twigs 03:56
2.
Wonderin' Ways
The Lemon Twigs 02:46
3.
The Bully
The Lemon Twigs 03:44
4.
Lonely
The Lemon Twigs 03:41


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Queen Of My School
The Lemon Twigs 04:40
2.
Never Know
The Lemon Twigs 03:47
3.
Born Wrong / Heart Song
The Lemon Twigs 03:14
4.
The Fire
The Lemon Twigs 06:05


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Home Of A Heart (The Woods)
The Lemon Twigs 04:11
2.
This Is My Tree
The Lemon Twigs 03:32
3.
If You Give Enough
The Lemon Twigs 02:49

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