Ex-Lucksmith Mark Mannone, not quite alone, but with his supporting, bearded band, releases his first album for six years and it's all sunny jangling Power Pop. Nothing remarkable going on here and the songs generally stick to fairly formulaic rails. Ones that don't like The Dystopian Days of Yore and Tumble Down which allow a streak of melancholy and lassitude to creep into proceedings add some welcome light and shade.
Bands have been doing this stuff for several decades now. The Power Pop groups of the Seventies, Lemonheads, Buffalo Tom, Travis, The Lucksmiths themselves and now Monnone Alone. The songs here never cross the line into the outstanding category, the timeless poetic realm that Big Star and The Go Betweens operated in but its all more than serviceable. A good record to listen to as summer approaches rather than when it's drawing to a close.