Of the somewhat retrograde pop moodsters on Merge's roster these days, Broken West offers the least concessions to any modern "updating." The band's sound is a retro confection cooked with five parts Big Star, three parts Byrds, and a pinch of Flamin' Groovies, and stirred with an unscuffed Rickenbacker. Beatles hooks curve either in grand announcement style ("On the Bubble," "You Can Build an Island," "So It Goes"), or strummy etherealities ("Shiftee," "Baby on My Arm") like boozy memories of '74 AM radio. But these fellows are young enough to have to strain to remember first hearing... More >>>