Tinted Windows by Tinted Windows
Did Taylor Hanson really think he could sing that “MmmBop” song and then expect people to take him seriously at any point in his life? Even when he recruits credible musicians like former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger and Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, I still can’t see anything other than the three Hanson brothers and their wannabe-grunge haircuts accompanying their wannabe-rock pop songs.
But nonetheless, Hanson, Iha, Schlesinger and Carlos have tempted fate to form power-pop supergroup, Tinted Windows, and have just released their self-titled debut album. The eleven track-record is likely to leave you with mixed feelings about the band, because it’s easy to listen to, but the music is over in under 36 minutes, and you’re left not feeling too sure that it merits another listen.
Admittedly, there are some likable tracks here. The first single, “Kind Of A Girl” has the raw guitar sound and fast pace that make a good combination for a radio-friendly tune. The mid-song guitar solo is particularly searing. “Can’t Get A Read On You” is similarly catchy, and probably the album’s rockiest tune. “Messing With My Head” and “Cha Cha” can also be appreciated, if you’re in it for the more saccharine side of the music.
“Nothing To Me” and the very repetitive “Doncha Wanna,” toward the end of the album, are bland and pretty useless to the record as a whole.
Maybe this is just a stepping stone on Taylor Hanson’s path to becoming a master of rock and roll… but probably not… It’s far more likely that this band’s bite-size nuggets of sugary pop music will continue to be served up to teenage fans for a few more years before the music fades into obscurity. Overall, this CD is probably best if avoided.