Cotton Mather Kontiki

Cotton Mather Kontiki
While Noel Gallagher may have a great deal to answer for, one of the very good things he did was telling the world about Cotton Mather. Before he stepped in, only a devout few knew about the Austin, TX band, but afterwards, they enjoyed enough success to stick around until 2002. But it was 1997's Kontiki that was their masterpiece. Finally back in print, thanks to a Kickstarter campaign initiated by the band's leader, Robert Harrison, Kontiki is a glorious album near the pinnacle of the '90s power-pop movement. They brought together the soaring melody of the Posies, the jangle of Velvet Crush and added their little touches to make something very special. Naturally, there are Beatlesque moments ― it appears their Beatle of choice is George ― but these songs are more than capable of standing on their own even 15 years later. The second CD of this deluxe edition is the usual mixed bag of demos, acoustic versions and some other songs that didn't make the cut, but quite easily could have. The wonderful "Little Star" could use a little tightening up, whereas "Pine Box Builder" is perfect the way it is. When combined with the original album, this reissue is an embarrassment of riches and an essential purchase for any power-pop fan. (The Star Apple Kingdom)