Joe Maynard's Favourites is a compilation of the best of the Poor Rich Ones' first 3 albums as well as a couple of tracks recorded more recently.
The group has a handle on everything that's going on
in the music world around them, and has a real knack for translating it into
an instantly accessible, uplifting, engaging, and hummable brand of rock and
roll. The way that U2 seemed able to at one time. "Clean and
New", for instance, would be a fairly standard, if well-put-together
ballad, but the band has stuck all kinds of interesting electronics through
its melody, burbling up in the background. They can pull off Beatlesque pop
as well ("Mummy"), not to mention stripped-down, edgier rock ("Strong"),
acoustic strum-'n'-hums ("Drop"), and pretty much anything in-between.
Imagine if Radiohead had done an album to pass the time between The Bends
and OK Computer, and at least you'll have an idea of what they sound like.
New song "Old Age and Failure" is brilliant, and all the obvious
faves are there as well: "Strong," "Happy Happy Happy," "Drown," "Fear
Of Losing," and on and on. It is glorious pop and huge arrangements, it
is hushed silence and massive noise. William still sings like a desperate choirboy,
and the guitars propels ever forward, building and breaking, gliding and shaking.
If you are familiar with the songs, they'll make you smile and cry all over
again. If you don't, this one is for you.
Influences / Similar Artists:
Puressence, Simmer, Sippe Sibbele, A.C. Acoustics, The Frames