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CD REVIEW: THE ON AND ONS – LET YA HAIR DOWN!

| 28 April 2023 | 1 Reply

CD REVIEW: THE ON AND ONS – LET YA HAIR DOWN!
Citadel Records
April 2023
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
90%

Over their previous four albums The On And Ons have proven themselves to be amongst the finest retro pop rock/power pop band in this country – or planet, for that matter. It’s not hard to see why: the band features former members of The Hoodoo Gurus, Kings Of The Sun, Screaming Tribesmen and Paul Collins Beat; a sound which is very ‘60s, very now; and songs which are sublime, groovy, cool and catchy as your coronavirus of choice.

The vibe is celebratory – they love psychedelic, hip, paisley, Sixties pop and rock, and they’re not afraid to share that with the listener.

Let Ya Hair Down! should come with a warning sticker: Hyper-melodic overload is everywhere – every song here is irresistible, instantly wriggling into the brain and causing foot tapping, head bopping, humalonging good times.

Opener Let Ya Hair Down! is a bopping number with a groovy bounce tailor-made for girls in mini-skirts to go-go on podiums to; Sunny Jim gives a nod to Creedence Clearwater Revival, but with harmonies that classic band could only dream of; Give Me Time could fit on an album from Dom Mariani’s The Stems; Lovin’ Soul is sweet, honeyed Sixties soul; It’s Not Over drags in The Byrds and The Beatles and every wonderfully harmonic ‘60s group ever, only letting them go once they’ve arrived firmly in On And Ons territory; Patriot wears psychedelic-tinted glasses.

Every album The On And Ons have released has been an explosion of joy, a dose of pure and irresistible melodic power pop aural good time ear candy, and Let Ya Hair Down! is no exception.

If there’s a fault here, it’s all over too soon, in just thirty-three minutes and thirty-three seconds. Thankfully, we have the repeat button, because we’re not getting sick of this any time soon.

 

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