Abadabad | The Wild

By PERRY EATON  |  September 4, 2012
3.5 3.5 Stars


I'm no expert on pop music, but I know a good pop song when I hear it, and ABADABAD's first full-length, The Wild, is full of them. Formerly all members of the very radio-friendly Rodeo Church, this Boston quartet have opted for a more jangly, spacey approach that would easily get a nod from Brian Wilson. Fueled by the strength of single "All the Bros Say," The Wild's seven tracks are marked by sunny, vibrant grooves that come timely at the tail end of summer. Sure, they employ many trendy recording methods, including a healthy dose of reverb, but the sound they achieve is completely recognizable. It is an album built on solid foundations. Whether it is the repetition of a single note on "Park Slope (I'm Sorry)" or the chunky stomp of "White Lies," the record is full of simple constructions that go a long way. Catchy and optimistic, ABADABAD shakes up the perspective of Boston rock with this endeavor, creating something that could easily ignite the students on their way back to town. The Wild has a vintage sensibility; along with its lineup of well-crafted love songs, it marks a standout debut, and makes ABADABAD one to keep on your radar.

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