"Mind/Body Problem" CD
Genres: indie pop, alt-country
Mar 10 - 16 2003
its cover art could use a little work, The Pomes' Mind/Body
Problem is actually a pretty good EP. Original alt-country / indie
pop hybrids, the six songs on this album take influences from a whole
number of musical areas. Michael Cummins is the
brainchild of The Pomes, and his carefree, country-era Byrds-influenced
style will appeal to many.
The two most immediately catchy tunes here are "Unaware"
and "Now," which boast cute, infectious melodies and nice
guitar and vocals. The percussion sounds as if it's handled by a
drum machine, which can get annoying after awhile. "Pine
Box" is a good example of this; although it's terrifically catchy, with
some really pleasing twang present in Cummins' guitar, the
automatic drumbeat seems very bland and repetitive in comparison. Other
tunes, like "The Pretty Girls Go" and "Carmela"
also rely on simple, infectious melodies and twangy guitar, and the
hidden track (which isn't all that hidden, considering its inclusion
in the CD's track listing) is a fast-paced, boppy number that focuses
more on a pop sound than a country one.
Altogether, The Pomes' Mind/Body Problem is an
enjoyable EP that will satiate any cravings for countrified indie
pop. If you ever find yourself rustling through your cupboards
in search of some twang at 3 in the morning, perhaps a copy of this EP
will go well on your night table.
Fun Fact: "Pomes" is a
common misspelling of "poems". Huh.
6 songs, distributed by the
label, released 2003]