The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

24 November 2004

Magnified love 10,000 times

The first American Boyfriends CD appeared in 2001, a mere nine years after the band was formed; a lot of this has to do with the fact that the Boyfriends' rhythm section, bassist Matt Johnson and drummer Eric Harmon, were otherwise occupied for much of that period as members of the Chainsaw Kittens.

It was worth the wait. What Love Can Be... is not by any means a Kittens album; it's a beautifully melodic collection of, you guessed it, love songs, all of them written by Matt Goad and Richard York, power pop at its very sweetest, with instrumental flourishes here and there that simply dazzle. The most exasperating aspect of it, in fact, is that it took me so long to catch up with Oklahoma City's answer to XTC.

Meanwhile, a second CD is in the works. I promise not to dawdle this time.

Posted at 4:16 AM to Tongue and Groove