Golden Bloom Fan the Flames

Golden Bloom Fan the Flames
Golden Bloom is a one-man power pop machine courtesy of Shawn Fogel. Following in the grand tradition of smart, lyrical pop rock, Fogel's debut, Fan the Flames, features an overabundance of tunes so poppy they'll make you puke. Tracks like album opener "E.H.M." could easily find a place soundtracking the latest MTV reality show, but that one-dimensional characteristic belies the fact that Fogel's music runs much deeper. Lead single "Doomsday Devices" has rightfully garnered favourable comparison's to Summerteeth-era Wilco, but the album as a whole is more akin to Big Star's Third/Sister Lover, most evident on tunes like "She Leaves Me Poetry." Though it drags a little on the back end, due to a few too many mid-tempo ballads, Fan the Flames is a record not to be missed for fans of old fashioned pop music. (The Sleepy West)