Why does â€œoâ€ sound like the great album I always thought Tegan and Sara had in them, but they never quite made? I donâ€™t know the answer to that question, but I do know that Tilly and the Wall have made their most accessible (and in my view, their best) album yet. As well as one of the best records Iâ€™ve heard all year.
TATWâ€™s third release, sometimes called â€œoâ€ because of the artwork on the cover, has no official title. Iâ€™m not saying itâ€™s as great as â€œThe Beatlesâ€ or â€œMetallica,â€ but it is to this band what those albums were to those bands: A signal of a movement for the band, a change, and a big step forward. It is a delightful, impassioned, and completely unashamed retro smorgasbord: â€œI Found Youâ€ feels like The Cars; â€œTall Tall Grassâ€ could have been written by any of the late â€˜80s folkies like Tracy Chapman; â€œToo Excitedâ€ is the Go Gos with tap dancing; and all along the way there are bits of Sinead and any number of â€˜80s legends. This is an album not afraid to show its influences without relying on clichÃ©s.
For fans of: Rilo Kiley, The Watson Twins, Of Montreal.
Plea: If any of my wonderful readers have Tillyâ€™s covers of OutKast’s “Hey Ya!” or Journey’s “Separate Waysâ€, please drop me a line! I need them bad, and I donâ€™t know where to find them!