steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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Imaginary Bill

"Special" CD-EP

Sportin' Company

Genres: rock, indie rock, indie pop

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Sep 9 - 15 2002

Imaginary Bill's previous self-titled album was a great exercise in enjoyable, catchy rock. This, their new EP, continues the tradition with a collection of four even catchier tracks!  The first song, "Charles M.", is a great example; right from you're first listen, the melody will slip into your head and be the subject of much humming to follow.  Although it's just a regular, somewhat Sebadoh influenced tune, it's got a great sound and has the potential for both indie and commercial success.

"Cookie", the track that follows it, is similarly enjoyable, though the title track tends to drag a bit.  Luckily, the closer, "Corduroy Dancers", is a pleasant bit of noise-pop that ends everything off perfectly.

While there isn't anything groundbreaking here, Imaginary Bill still manage to provide a fully entertaining sound for the listener.  If you enjoyed their debut album, or if you're just looking for some catchy, occasionally jangly pop, Special will be for you.  Although, it may be better to hold out for their next album in order to get more bang for your buck. 


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 4 tracks; no distribution; not released yet]