American Hi-Fi - The Art of Losing


American Hi-Fi - The Art of Losing

American Hi-Fiís new album is looser and livelier than its predecessorósuper contemporary, pomo power pop inspired by Cheap Trick, Big Star, the Pixies, the Replacements, and the Goo Goo Dolls circa ĎSuperstar Carwash.í Soaring choruses sandwiched between hard-charging electric guitars and pleasing rock rhythms. Their second album sounds less like a project and more like a band, having ditched the production-heavy feel of their debut for a more band-centric, roll-the-tape-and-play approach.

Thatís not to say itís sloppy. Itís been two years since their debut album, and the band has gelled into a more cohesive, more aggressive soundóbig rock thatís a dead ringer for American Hi-Fiís live show (check out last yearís ĎLive From Tokyo,í youíll see what I mean). Stacy Jones has found himself as a vocalist, and producer Nick Launay takes a page from the book of Robert John "Mutt" Langeóthink of the sound Lange spent the Ď80s building around everyone from AC/DC to the Cars to Def Leppard to Foreigner.

Matt Parks (March 14, 2003)
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