SHANNON AND THE CLAMS: I Wanna Go Home: CD

Bastardized ‘50s riffs seems to be flavor of the month, but Shannon And The Clams are having a lot of fun with it and are able to bring the listener along. The guitars are laden with reverb, as are the vocals some of the time. This dynamic creates a bit of necessary chaos for a band that likely sounds really good live. “Troublemaker” and “The Warlock in the Woods” are mid-tempo ‘50s rock while “Blast Me to Bermuda” gets into faster realms. There are slower songs that are well done, but become a bit tedious after two minutes. That two minute pop standard must occasionally be adhered to. The songs, as they appear on the album, are occasionally grouped too closely by tempo, which is a shame, because the diversity in speed would have been an opportunity to create a better flow for the album. But all in all, the songwriting is solid. It’s a great record for fans of the new old.

 –Billups Allen (1-2-3-4-Go!)