After a few hurdles, The Lemon Twigs have finally released the long awaited Songs for the General Public. The Long Island brothers pushed back the release of the album and commented that ‘good things come to those who wait, and even better things come to those who wait longer’. The wait is over.
Michael and Brian D’Addario emphasise their nostalgic sound through multiple influences across the twelve tracks, moving between modern lyrics, punk rock sensibilities, and a saturated manipulation of feedback.
‘Hell On Wheels’ kicks off the album with an all-American sound, reminiscent of Springsteen and Meatloaf. The duo performed the single on Seth Meyers late night show where they played a piano led version featuring their impressive seventies haircuts. The pair also exhibited their symbiotic relationship with their perfectly harmonised melodies.
‘Live In Favor Of Tomorrow’ and ‘No One Holds You (Closer Than The One You Haven’t Met)’ feature light and summery melodies that are paired with self-examining lyrics of relationships and of the self. They both emphasise the brother’s storytelling prowess.
‘Why Do Lovers Own Each Other?’ and the Bowie-esque ‘Hog’ slow down the pace. Both are multi-layered and display a palette full of sonic experimentation. ‘Hog’ is delivered like a carnival of glitzy guitars which ends in the explosive exclamation, “I am not gone!”
The pre-released singles ‘Moon’ and ‘The One’ carry the album with their more radio friendly hooks, despite the harmonica introduction in ‘Moon’. Both tracks feel ready made to feature on an Americana coming-of-age blockbuster.
Closing track Ashamed’, is the lengthiest of the album and is largely acoustic. The stripped back nature of the track exposes the vocal ability of the brothers. This is soon switched up though, as heavy bass and distortion comes crashing in like a tsunami.
Songs for the General Public is a creative yet cohesive collection of tracks that follows the success of the duos’s previous albums, Go to School, and Do Hollywood. With an eclectic set of melodies reminiscent of Meatloaf, Todd Rundgren, and Marc Bolan, the album is a fresh approach to seventies power chords and glam rock. It certainly supplies the general public with quality nostalgia, fit for the 21st century.