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Tiger Mountain
Get Along Like a House On Fire
Lucky Cat/ Kismet Records

Rating: 6/10 ?

February 7, 2005
Tiger Mountain plays throwback pop rock; think less garage rock, more power pop - the Stones without the swagger, Replacements without the beer, drugs and the grit, retro rock without pretense and the Kinks. Nostalgia for those eras gone by isn't required for listening - the melodies and harmonies are accessible to anyone - but it surely helps.

Upon first listen Tiger Mountain's brand of sunshiny, hooky pop rock, it repulsed me right away; it sounded contrived. Ironically, the warm melodies and upbeat attitude surely were meant to serve the opposite, more inviting purpose. What made the difference, however, is that the optimistic and undeniably retro songs felt like more of homage to pop's past rather than a new fresh offering. While that assertion is held up as Get Along Like a House On Fire rolls on, any listener would begrudgingly attest that some of these songs can get pretty infectious.

Even if it is rare that Tiger Mountain breaks any molds or explores new territories, they know their role well, are technically sound and are able to craft a tight pop song here or there. On second and third listen, the bright burst of the chorus on "Shouldn't be Long" taps into that neural database that retains pop songs, no matter how inane. Likewise, "Centuries Gone" with its keyboard intro is a good dose of mindless ear candy.

So Get Along Like a House On Fire straddles a line between retro fluff and truly fresh rock songs - on most cuts, the latter distinction wins out, but somewhere in those solid choruses there's a flash of original songwriting still waiting to come out.

Reviewed by Dan Williams
A staff writer based in Brooklyn, New York, Dan Williams is a frequent contributor to LAS magazine. He once lived in Köln, Germany for a semester, is currently persuing his MBA in New York, and recently switched sides and began working as a publicist for Special Ops Media in New York.

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