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Tinted Windows

Tinted Windows
Three stars

Key Tracks: ‘Nothing to Me’, ‘Can’t Get a Read on You’

Christian Hoard May 20, 2009

It sounds like a guitar-rock Rotisserie-league team ”“ Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick and James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins forming a band fronted by Taylor Hanson ”“ but Tinted Windows actually exist. Packed with straightforward, girl-crazy power pop, the band’s debut isn’t quite as intriguing as you’d like. Hanson’s nice-guy come-ons are effective but don’t have a lot of personality. And though the songs recall the Fountains’ smart, well-crafted material, they lack that band’s detailed lyrics (typical line: “All I really want to say/Is I need you every day”). But these likable tunes usually hit their modest marks ”“ the terrific Big Star rip ”˜Nothing to Me’ is prime road-trip material.

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