One could argue that every “garage rock” band throughout history was actually nothing but a wannabe pop band that didn’t have the pipes or the chops to make something wholly original. They know how to craft a hook, and they can harmonize a little, but they sure as hell ain’t The Rolling Stones.
The good news about Jesse LaMonaca’s
new album is that, while it lacks cohesiveness, the singer-songwriter
makes up for it with an enlightened sense of pop songcraft and a voice
that the listener just can’t help but believe.