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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Even though the largely emo-based Polyvinyl Records doesn't seem like the most natural home for Saturday Looks Good to Me's winsome, nostalgic pop, the undeniable emotional pull and heartfelt delivery of Fred Thomas and company's music makes it a better fit than one might expect. All Your Summer Songs, the group's fifth album and Polyvinyl debut, is another triumph, expressing the complexities of being in and out of love with deceptively naïve music and lyrics that are wise beyond their years. While Motown, Phil Spector, and the Beach Boys still exert a strong influence on Saturday Looks Good to Me's sound -- especially on "Alcohol" and "Ultimate Stars" -- the band ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Even though the largely emo-based Polyvinyl Records doesn't seem like the most natural home for Saturday Looks Good to Me's winsome, nostalgic pop, the undeniable emotional pull and heartfelt delivery of Fred Thomas and company's music makes it a better fit than one might expect. All Your Summer Songs, the group's fifth album and Polyvinyl debut, is another triumph, expressing the complexities of being in and out of love with deceptively naïve music and lyrics that are wise beyond their years. While Motown, Phil Spector, and the Beach Boys still exert a strong influence on Saturday Looks Good to Me's sound -- especially on "Alcohol" and "Ultimate Stars" -- the band explores an entire bandwidth of AM radio moments, ranging from the "Itchycoo Park" drum fills on "Meet Me by the Water"; the Peter & Gordon-esque acoustic guitars on "No Good with Secrets"; and the Byrdsy jangle of "You Work All Weekend," which sounds like said band backing the Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt. And while Thomas has as much reverence for -- not to mention ability to create -- a perfectly written two-and-a-half-minute pop song as Merritt does, his music sounds fresher and less contrived despite its retro allusions. Indeed, aside from pleasing record collectors and oldies geeks, the reconfiguration of sounds past that makes up Saturday Looks Good to Me's style gives their music a timeless yet fresh feel that also has an instant familiarity. "Caught" and "Typing" which also includes the priceless lyric "You spent such a long time typing/That you forgot how to write letters" are twinkling pop confections ready for cameos on the soundtrack to a Wes Anderson movie, while "Underwater Heartbeat" casts singer Erika Hoffmann as a lovelorn mermaid. Along with Hoffmann, All Your Summer Songs also features indie luminaries and long-time SLGTM auxiliary members like Ted Leo, Dan Littleton, Matthew Smith, Karla Schickele, and Jessica Bailiff, although Thomas himself sings the album's most painfully intimate songs, such as "The Sun Doesn't Want to Shine" and the title track's slow-motion breakup lament. Even so, a wistful feeling pervades even the album's most upbeat moments; songs that start out bright and bouncy often end with a sigh. Sonically, the album is slightly more polished than the band's earlier works, but not by much; though "Ambulance," one of their best songs, appears in a cleaner, lusher version here, the album was still recorded mostly on four-track and still features the abrupt starts and stops and interludes that give the group's work a dreamy, stream-of-consciousness feel. Ultimately, All Your Summer Songs is quintessential Saturday Looks Good to Me, which should delight old and new fans of the band alike.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2003
  • Label: Polyvinyl Records
  • UPC: 644110006028
  • Catalog Number: 60
  • Sales rank: 130,647

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 [Untitled Track] (1:42)
  2. 2 Meet Me by the Water (2:58)
  3. 3 Underwater Heartbeat (1:56)
  4. 4 Ambulance (2:50)
  5. 5 The Sun Doesn't Want to Shine (3:43)
  6. 6 Caught (2:06)
  7. 7 All Our Summer Songs (4:27)
  8. 8 No Good With Secrets (3:19)
  9. 9 Alcohol (2:09)
  10. 10 You Work All Weekend (2:59)
  11. 11 Typing (3:29)
  12. 12 Ultimate Stars (3:03)
  13. 13 Last Hour (4:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Saturday Looks Good to Me Primary Artist
Matthew Smith Vocals
Dan Littleton Vocals
Elizabeth Mitchell Vocals
Ted Leo Vocals
Tara Jane O'Neil Vocals
Ida Pearle Violin
Jessica Bailiff Vocals
Karla Schickele Vocals
Zach Wallace Double Bass
Ben Bracken Acoustic Guitar
Jacob Danziger Violin
Matt Bauder Saxophone
Dave Shettler Mellotron
Fred Thomas Electric Guitar, Vocals
Nate Cavalieri Organ, Vibes
Erika Hoffmann Vocals
Warn Defever Bass, Piano
Cynthia Nelson Vocals
Sarah Weaver Trombone
Elliot Bergman Saxophone
Aidan Dysart Electric Piano
Anna Steinhoff Cello
Brian Lipson Trumpet
Technical Credits
John Golden Mastering
Fred Thomas Arranger, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Album That Restored My Faith in Indie-Pop

    This album is incredible, and the best one I've picked up in the past two years. I suppose you could make the argument that everything they're doing has been done before, but this trumps almost every predecessor where emotional pull is concerned. The lyrics are more than surface level, yet very accessible and easy to relate to. This album is beautiful and if you ever see it sitting in some CD shop, fork over the cash to pick it up - it sort of means more that way, it's tangible, something you can hold onto that captures a feeling and a time in life. Yeah, it's one of those albums.

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