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The Fountainheads (Self-Titled)

by The Fountainheads

Post modern Beatles rock, jangly guitars and aggressive vocals
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Change The Times
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2. Under The Radar
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3. All In Your Head
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4. Out Of Place
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5. Voice Fill The Room
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6. It's Misery They Like To See
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7. Hard To See
3:21 $0.99
8. Feels All Right
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9. Falling
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10. All Over The Waves
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11. Summer Music
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Album Notes
Release date: June 2006

The Fountainheads - Self-Titled
by Nelson Heise

The Hornisch brothers can definitely crank out some catchy, melodic pop songs in the vein of the Beatles, and they even crank out some hard rockers on their self-titled debut album. There are enough addictive hooks to make you start singing along on the second listen, but I can't say I was 100 percent blown away. One thing I struggled with is the vocals. They came across to me as nasally and at times irritating, which is a shame because I enjoyed the lyrical content.

Here's the deal though: When there's more appealing than not about an album, it's a good disc.

Like I said before, the Hornisch brothers possess strong songwriting abilities. Tracks like "Under the Radar," "Out of Place" and "It's Misery They Like to See" are hard to resist, and the lo-fi vibe of the disc makes them feel warm. I almost forgot to mention the stellar song "Hard to See" with the clever little line: "Oh I didn't want to do it, but I did it anyway," which is universally relatable. I'm also a fan of brother songwriting teams, since that's how my band works - and that wins good marks from me. All in all, I really liked what I heard, so don't take my critique of the vocals to heart because the songs as a whole outshine the vocal performances. I'm just one guy; maybe I'm in the minority and the vocals are totally digestible.

Either way it's a damn fine disc.

The Big Takeover New York, New York - Issue # 60, Spring 2007:
The Fountainheads - Self-Titled (Hornisch Records)

This brother duo, helped by guests, admits loving The Beatles and Oasis. I hear the latter on "Out Of Place", "Falling" and "It's Misery They Like To See", with meaty, glammy guitars. But on vocals, it isn't as much two (other) brothers Gallagher I hear, but two older Beatle lovers. Both Tom and Chris Hornisch sing and sound like Lennon, only thinner like his disciple Robyn Hitchcock ("Under The Radar") and especially his friend Neil Innes ("All In Your Head") of Bonzo Dog Band and Rutles. So it's surprising to find these boys live in St. Paul, MN rather than Blighty. but like other fab four fans, fastidious Fountainheads (Ayn Rand fans?) are better at crafted studio pop more than Oasis's raucous rock, with piano plus lugubrious guitar breaks in the middle eights (Brit for "bridges"). It's modest, friendly, with low-budget spunk, however traditional. - Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover



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