Todd Fancey’s first album since 2007’s Shmancey finds the
guitarist for The New Pornographers in fine form. This album is excellent from
start to finish.
I’m old enough to remember listening to 70s soft rock on AM
radio. "Love Mirage" is neo-70s soft rock at its best: no irony here, just a
great tribute to the past that makes me remember why I have a soft spot for
this type of music.
This album also is a tribute to the softer end of disco, so in
spots it sounds like the Bee Gees and their ilk. He gets this type of music
right, using vintage instrumentation, and no loops or overdubs.
Great melodies, and some wonderful backing vocals form Angela
Kelman and Olivia Maye, who sounds way older than 13, make this album a lot of
fun to listen to, whether you find this type of music a guilty pleasure, a
tribute to the past, or just good, period.