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Tinted Windows

Tinted WindowsAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 21, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: S-Curve Records
  • ASIN: B001UGGVC4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,356 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kind Of A Girl
2. Messing With My Head
3. Dead Serious
4. Can't Get A Read On You
5. Back With You
6. Without Love
7. Cha Cha
8. We Got Something
9. Nothing To Me
10. Doncha Wanna
11. Take Me Back

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2009 debut album from this Pop/Rock supergroup featuring James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins), Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne), Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) and Taylor Hanson (Hanson). Fusing the sounds of Power Pop, Rock and New Wave with more modern Rock and Pop sounds, the result is a fun, stripped-down, high energy record that doesn't really sound like anything else that any of the members has done before.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A New-Wave Pop Mini-Masterpiece April 21, 2009
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It would be quite tempting to write "Tinted Windows" off as a guilty pleasure, given the direction that Taylor Hanson and James Iha's respective careers have gone over the past decade. And sure, Fountains of Wayne frontman Adam Schlesinger has a knack for writing simple, catchy, 60's ish melodies that sound as if they could have come right out of a jam session by the Beatles, the Monkees, or the Beach Boys. But these songs are strong all the way through, with hooks big enough to beach a whale - and the band works up just enough steam and energy to make each song worthwhile. The two obvious highlights of the set are "Can't Get a Read on You" and "Without Love," but there are ahost of other songs, such as the hit single "Kind of a Girl," that are not to be dismissed, either. Occasionally, the band members' colors shine through ("We've Got Something" sounds like Hanson performing a Cheap Trick song), but for the most part, these guys venture a bit from the formula of their past hits with their original bands, and unlike many of the other bands out there who try to make records like this one, Tinted Windows comes up with more than a few hooks to make the whole experience worthwhile. With supergroups, it is usually all-or-nothing. And for the most part, Tinted Windows gets it all right, and when they don't, they still get by on their tight melodies and energetic, fun performances.

When was the last time you heard a brand new record that actually sounded FUN? If you miss those days, this one will make you smile.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more hooks than a tackle box April 27, 2009
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a history of power pop condensed into 36 minutes. if you don't understand it, or are comparing it to some of the current bands du jour, you're part of the a.d.d. generation that doesn't have a clue. you have to be aware of the influences. follow the trail that led them here. appreciate the beauty of what's being presented to you. i picked it up on a whim, not sure what to expect. haven't been able to stop listening to it. will be forcing others to buy their own copies. this is joy, pure and simple.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I wasn't sure if this would live up to my expectations. First it's a Supergroup. Which in most instances suck. This doesn't. Second, I'm a big fan of all the artists involved and the sum of all the parts could have easily let me down. But it doesn't. Not even close.

I got the cd and put the windows down in the car and turned it up and it was perfect. Perfect summer rock. Very AM Radio on a few of the tracks. It hit me exactly as I would have hoped and wanted. The first single is the best. But that by no means implies that the rest is a let down.

As for sound & style, well It leans more to Cheap Trick's early work more than anything. But a couple of the songs could be slightly more rocking Hanson songs with some fuzzy guitars. But overall it's a very 70's era power pop sounding cd. And it does rock. It's meant to be played loud. And I did.

I'm lucky enough to be seeing them at the Double Door in Chicago next week. And I'm truly pleased that this cd is as good as it is.

I have read some critic reviews and a few remarks I can agree with...the lyrics are not as fun as a Fountains cd. But I think 2 things, one it needs to be listened to at least 3 times to get the hooks and 2 it needs to be played loud. It's a fun cd.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eight days a week April 22, 2009
By P. Opus
Format:Audio CD
From a first-cut listen to this disc (got it in the mail yesterday) and reading the other reviews already posted on this page, it seems pretty clear that the listener's level of appreciation for this album will depend very highly upon how much enjoyment he or she derives from the genre of power pop.

"Power pop" is an area of rock n roll that has been around for a long time. It used to be a mainstay of the rock sound, starting in the 1960s with the maximum-three-minute hooky tunes written by The Beatles, The Who, The Byrds, etc. Big Star picked up the mantle (and added a unique and modern twist) in the early 70s but did not elicit nearly as much widespread attention. By that point, the listening public had largely moved on. Since that time, power pop has resurfaced again and again, often merged with other genres such as New Wave (in the late 70s/early 80s, with bands such as The DBs and The Plimsouls) and alt-rock (in the early-to-mid 90s). Fountains Of Wayne, Sloan and Teenage Fanclub are three of my personal favorite power pop bands and typify the current approach to the sound. It could also be argued that the Jonas Brothers are power pop revivalists as well, and as such are bringing the genre some heightened visibility. I doubt that power pop will ever go away so long as there's a heart-broken but ultimately good-natured teenager out there who knows a few chords. After all why should it? At its best, power pop is warm and exuberant, catchy and very, very fun. I happen to love it and always will.

So that's enough for context, on to the album itself.

The pleasures of this disc are all on the surface. Basically, it's a bunch of hooky songs about girls and relationships, with big ringing chords and harmonizing back-up vocals.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop to Make you Smile May 12, 2009
Format:Audio CD
When I bought this, I didn't expect much from it, but was wondering what a lineup such as this would create.

What they did create was some of the best (but mindless) pop I have heard since I first discovered the group "The 88". There is no better album to have in your CD player on a hot summer day rolling down the highway.

In the first week I listened to this album 10 times (made easier by the short running time). It takes a lot to get tired of these songs. Brilliantly done.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I came across this album when I read that one of the Hanson brothers was performing with the group. It's a magnificent album of pop music, and every song is a toe-tapper. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Karlis Streips
5.0 out of 5 stars These Guys Did Great!
This album is awesome! Nothing here to blast a listener's sensibilities or subject us to some "serious" political/social/artisitic statement. Read more
Published 9 months ago by CT Baltimore
3.0 out of 5 stars [Three and a half stars out of five] " Good new pop band and tunes...
Unfortunately the copy I got from, location of the Cleve-
land Library, unknown, songs 6-8 don't play well and skip. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rich The Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Tinted Windows
I was surprised that Taylor Hanson would do an album without his brothers. Good for him! :) He has an amazing voice. I could listen to him sing all day long. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pixie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun album
The most improbable supergroup ever assembled, but the sound is light and fun. You can hear the influences of all the band members, some songs sound like Smashing Pumpkins... Read more
Published 13 months ago by campboy83
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind
Who would've imagined 15 years ago that a Hanson boy and Smashing Pumpkins guitarist would play in a band together? Read more
Published 13 months ago by pure_lunacy
5.0 out of 5 stars Taylor Hanson made this album!
Since I know "Hanson" I can't ignore any other projects with brothers. This album sounds great! Taylor Hanson knows what to do :)
Published 14 months ago by iKateSF
2.0 out of 5 stars Over All....Not one of the best efforts for these gentlemen.
I would not recommend this fan to any of the groups these members represent. It pretty much sounds like a very weak Cheap Trick LP.
Published 20 months ago by MARK A MAINARDI
3.0 out of 5 stars Wayne Hanson's Smashing Trick
A most unlikely supergroup, Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger asked pal pop singer Taylor Hanson (who'da thunk? Read more
Published on September 22, 2011 by Tim Brough
5.0 out of 5 stars premium power pop
Fast and Furious, one of those quick little cds that is over way too soon. In the tradition of Bowie Pin-Ups or the Backbeat soundtrack with David Grohl,the Two York Dolls-Live at... Read more
Published on August 18, 2011 by Jerry Dunham
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Wow-Power Pop at it's Best
I cannot wait for this album!
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