It has taken me ages to review this wonderful album. Here I am on New Year’s Day and grooving to the cool rhythms, jiving to the gorgeous tunes and overall being blown way by the sheer pop power of the creative juices of David Mead (and co-producer Brad Jones – when’s the next solo album coming?).
I mean how can any card-carrying member of the pop underground resist the charms of the funky “Chatterbox,” the elegiac “The Trouble with Harry,” the moving “Reminded #1,” the jazz balladic “Hunting Season,” the disco-reviving “Hallelujah, I Was Wrong” and so on?
To put it simply, if you like your pop music dense and textured, erudite and intelligent, reflecting the melodic influences of Paul McCartney, Elton John, Brian Wilson, Burt Bacharach and Billy Joel, then Tangerine is the album you need to procure at all cost. Now. A