Boomkat Product Review:
The Bye Bye Blackbirds are a guitar pop band with a classic lineage, traceable back through the likes of Big Star and the Go-Betweens, boasting a vocalist whose tuneful sneer approximates Elvis Costello and Tom Petty. In fact, why stop there? To drop some more comparisons into the mix, the blanket use of harmonies and sheer brassiness of the jangling chords tap into a classic sound that's been around since the sixties with the likes of The Byrds, only to find itself filtered through the formative indie rock sounds of Teenage Fanclub and the like. The Bye Bye Blackbirds even check in with Elliott Smith via the beautiful 'Shed The Skin' - seriously, it could hardly be a better impression. If it wasn't so good it'd be a bit scandalous. It's a breezy old tome this, but thankfully, the album's unceasing bubblegum appeal lasts the course of the album thanks to the well thought out arrangements and no small amount of musical skill. Most pleasing, indeed.