It’s all trange and awkward, just at it should be.
Not surprisingly either, but very gratifying for a huge JAMC fan as myself, the album actually sounds very much like JAMC, but sadly with less feedback and more melodies. Think something between "Darklands" and "Stoned & Dethroned" and you get the idea. The album doesn’t really pick up pace until fifth song "Can’t Stop the Rock", but that’s OK as long as you’re not expecting a real JAMC album. That, it isn’t. "Little Pop Rock" is more of a mellow story, with sweet honey dripping and sunny songs. Better suited for lazy afternoons with a drink or two on the porch than for the club.
What puzzles me though, is that they don’t make more of this opportunity. Make a grand pop rock album instead of a little one, to make fun of the title “Little Pop Rock”. Make great rock songs, not cute ones like "Pastel Blue". One of the best songs on the album is "The Two of Us"; actually an old tune from the Reid project Freeheat, and that says quite a lot about the record. It is half finished with some borrowed ideas.
And, of course, the album gets better when William or Jim sings. But that’s just the die-hard JAMC-fan speaking again. Not surprisingly at all, actually. And when that fan compares "Little Pop Rock" to sonic masterpieces "Psychocandy", "Automatic" and "Munki", it finds it lacking.