Saturday Looks Good To Me - Every Night (Cover Artwork)
Staff Review

Saturday Looks Good To Me

Saturday Looks Good To Me: Every Night

Every Night (2004)

Polyvinyl


2.5
Well, this revolving door 60s-pop experiment has released another album. And I don't know how to discuss it, really. For what it is, it's not bad. But it's just not the same. Groups like Franki Valli and the Four Seasons and Tommy James and the Shondells, now they had something. It was something spe...

Well, this revolving door 60s-pop experiment has released another album. And I don't know how to discuss it, really. For what it is, it's not bad. But it's just not the same. Groups like Franki Valli and the Four Seasons and Tommy James and the Shondells, now they had something. It was something special. Songs like "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "I Think We're Alone Now," and "Crimson And Clover" are all memorable pieces of music that are ingrained in our musical lexicon. It's impossible not to recognize the importance that those pop groups had on music. The sheer impact they had. It was staggering. Now, Saturday Looks Good To Me is just a cheap rip-off of everything those groups did, but they're missing something. That special something.

Let me back up here. Now, if you're unfamiliar with Saturday Looks Good To Me, you'd be glad to know that it's really the brainchild of Fred Thomas, who has enlisted the help of tons of musicians everywhere in hopes to re-create that lo-fi experience, complete with horns and bells. But the problem is is that it re-creates it sloppily. To be honest, it sounds a lot like Belle And Sebastian. Now, I heard a few tracks before this album and they didn't sound like Belle And Sebastian, but now the tempo and guitar rhythms/chords sound exactly like Belle And Sebastian. And B & S have been around a lot longer than Fred & Co.

It's not terrible. It's just overdone. Every one of their songs is a repeat of the last, with the same rhythm and chords and tempo. And every one of those songs is a rip-off of something from the 60s or Belle And Sebastian. I don't find a bit of originality among it. Not to mention that a lot of the time it sounds like your general crappy, cutesy, indie-pop group that has some tiny girl singing high pitched melodies over trite arrangements. Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against female vocals, but you know how many of those bands there are out there. And they're all the same. Just cookie-cutter knock-offs.

So in conclusion, instead of buying this, I highly suggest Tommy James and the Shondells or Franki Valli and the Four Seasons. Now that's 60s pop the way it was meant to be played. In the 60s.