The biggest thing from Kalamazoo since either Violent Apathy or the Killamazoo Derby Darlins, the Legendary Wings took their name from a video game, are fond of substantially unappealing (and presumably ironic?) romantic imagery on their record covers, and sound like a cross between the lanky stoned garage pop songwriterly genius of the Bare Wires and the indisputably insistent rhythm section of the White Wires, which begs the question of why they didn’t just call a spade a spade and name the band “The Crossed Wires,” or, at bare minimum, “The Legendary Wires” ((to say nothing of an obligatory “12XU” reference, time permitting)). If you can get past the faceless roses/chocolates/doilies cover art, the payoff is sixteen reasonably socko garage pop rockers, with harmony and sincerity trading lines with bashing and stupidity with disorienting frequency. At sixteen songs and forty-seven minutes, this opus is probably a bit too sprawling to serve as a concise statement of Pop Genius or anything, but the songs are good and i can alternate bites of dainty white chocolates with mouthfuls of Little Caesar’s® pizza to it. None can ask fairer than that. BEST SONG: “Pure” BEST SONG TITLE: “Spacehead” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: A full eighth of the song titles hereon contain the word “dumb,” but a good three-sixteenths contain references to nachos, cartoons, or the sun.
–norb (Dirtnap, dirtnaprecs.com)