BEDFORD FALLS: Elegant Balloons: CD

I really liked this a whole bunch. Bedford Falls sounds like a British version of late-‘80s early-‘90s melodic punk-derived rock’n’roll the likes of later-era Hüsker Dü, Moving Targets, the Lemonheads after they were punk but before they went totally hippy-dippy, the Goo Goo Dolls after they were punk and before they made their sappy, watered-down fortune, and Hang Time-era Soul Asylum. (Sound of dead horse being flogged.) It’s been a long time since I’ve heard a new record that can pull off this sound without sounding derivative or tributary, and BedfordFalls accomplishes that difficult task. Me want more.

 –Eric Carlson (Boss Tuneage,