Aaron Lee Tasjan, “Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!” (New West Information)
Aaron Lee Tasjan is a one-man music encyclopedia who can enthrall audiences with a New York Dolls cowl or 10-minute speaking blues. The previous glam band guitarist not too long ago might be heard on Outlaw Nation radio extolling the virtues of obscure acts in Nashville, the place he now lives.
So the place does the needle drop on his new album? In his candy spot.
Tasjan’s earlier albums appeared like explorations that did not fairly discover a vacation spot, and “Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!” is his greatest but, a delight from begin to end. It’s tuneful, hook-filled energy pop that references the previous whereas sounding totally recent, handsomely crafted however free sufficient to keep away from artifice. The 11 shimmering songs are constructed on layered vocals, catchy grooves, synth washes and a spread of good guitar work, from fingerpicked acoustic to psychedelic solos on electrical.
Echoes throughout the many years, from the Beatles to the Raspberries to ELO to Elliott Smith, body Tasjan’s sanguine assessments of 2021’s uncertainties and anxieties. He pines for a dream woman on “Sunday Ladies,” bridges gender on “Female Stroll” and gives life counsel on “Do not Overthink It,” all with charming humor and candor.
Tasjan has made the gem his followers knew he had in him, and the album title rings true: Exclamation factors are warranted.
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