The Datsuns - Headstunts

Apparently, this is the Datsuns' fourth album. Could have fooled me; until hearing Headstunts, I was previously only aware of the single Harmonic Generator, which generated them some UK heat back when good ol' Johnny Peel was still around. Therefore, I wasn't really sure what to expect from this but I think it's safe to say that, despite the promise of the title, your head won't have spun off its axis by the time

That's not to say the album isn't without its minor pleasures. The bouncy likes of So Long and Your Bones are familiar yet fun, even if the latter is weirdly reminscent of Pretend To Be Nice from the Josie & the Pussycats soundtrack (the fact that I know that says more about me than is necessary). Like those bohemians like us, The Dandy Warhols, they're all about slightly unfashionable, get-up-and-go American rock - despite the fact they're Australian. They follow the Warhols' template of mixing up the party singalongs with indulgent psychedelic filler. The closing Somebody Better nicks the groove from Let Forever Be for all of its seven-plus minutes; it's not a bad song but simply highlights the album's glaring problem, which is they have no real ideas or identity of their own.



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