MiIkshake Jones "Gala Days"
Milkshake Jones (John Micek, Mark Burke and Marni Micek) latest “Gala Days” is a good traditional power pop album. The bouncy opener “Mystery Girl” would be perfectly at home on either a Windbreakers or Barenaked Ladies album. This is followed by “(Where you goin’) Suzanne” a stunner with a great big catchy pop chorus. Some alt. country stylings creep in at this point on the album, making songs like”Gala Days” and “Remember How To Smile” sounding similar to Toad The Wet Sprocket. The lyrics of “Gala Days” stand out and the harmonies between John and Marni are beautifully done. The song is a look back at a life with no regrets and bittersweet memories of youth. The twang of countrified George Harrison styled guitar continues on “All I Want is Everything” – and now the bands sound resembles The Jayhawks or Wilco. This also works well on the hook-filled riffs of the song “Counting Heads” – a favorite song on this album and fans of the above mentioned bands will have no problems adding Pennsylvania power-popsters Milkshake Jones to their ipods. Enjoy!