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Jamie and Steve | English Afterthoughts

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English Afterthoughts

by Jamie and Steve

Vocal British-influenced Beatle-ish powerpop by Jamie Hoover and Steve Stoeckel of The Spongetones
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Emily's Ghost
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2:07 album only
2. Fly Girl
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3:22 album only
3. Let's Don't Count This One
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3:07 album only
4. English Afternoon
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3:41 album only
5. In The Other Life And On Another Day
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3:47 album only
6. Color Me Over Again
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4:24 album only
7. Between The Lines
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2:50 album only
8. Do Be Cruel
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4:23 album only
9. Feeling You Watching Me Watching You
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3:31 album only
10. Girly Girl
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2:25 album only
11. Let Me Back In
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3:01 album only
12. In Their Rooms
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2:58 album only


Album Notes
Another home run from the Spongetones and related wellspring! Sounds like the first of a
long run by the newly-crowned Spongerly Brothers! If the Everlys made pop
records in 2009, this would be the result. And with these songs... I'm glad
to see you and Steve doing the duo thing! "Emily's Ghost" is another of
those too-rare-these-days examples of the perfect pop song, one of those
songs you play to someone who you want to hear what they've been missing.
Short and sweet and exploding with melodic bliss, it's just something out of
this world. I also love "Fly Girl," with its glorious harmonies. "Let's
Don't Count this One" explodes, a slice of modern-day beat music, with great
harmonies and backgrounds. And "Girly Girl" drips pop bliss, with a gorgeous
chord sequence wrapped around a hooky melody. I mean, I love the whole
thing, but there you go--you and Steve have made a wonderful record, on
permanent spin here at Pure Pop and buhdge headquarters. You have made the
holiday season a wonderful place to be.-Alan Haber



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Eric Feber

Jamie & Steve - 'English Afterthoughts'
Jamie & Steve - 'English Afterthoughts'
Multi-instrumentalists/singers/songwriters Jamie Hoover and Steve Stoeckel probably casually hum better melodies than most professional songwriters compose.

The two Charlotte-based artists – one-half of that Brit-pop juggernaut The Spongetones – show off their uncanny pop compositional/performing skills on this, their first duo recording.

The disc’s dozen delicious sonic confections burst with Brit-invasion/Merseybeat influences. Besides the obvious Beatle inspirations, the disc abounds with references to such bands as the Move, the Kinks, the Hollies, the Searchers, Peter & Gordon and such post-invasion outfits as 10CC, the Records and XTC.

The two entirely wrote, performed, engineered and produced this gem offering shimmering, joyful pop highlighted by layers of vocal and guitar harmonies, deceptively simple rhythms and stratas of musical embellishments. Although the tunes sound like lost mid-’60s “Top of the Pops” hits, there’s no mimicry here.

For shear timeless pop delights, Jamie and Steve’s music is no afterthought.

– Eric Feber, The Pilot

Tracks to download “Emily's Ghost" and “Fly Girl”