The Madden Brothers might be a new band for some of you. But they consist of Joel Madden and Benji Madden, both of who are the founding members of Good Charlotte. Cannot say I was a slightly bigger fan GG, but find that their debut from 2000 is charming and has some good tracks.
This new project then is clearly better and actually a really cool album. The band has this time for stepped away from the pop-punk brand and offers instead a mix of power-pop and 70s-era FM pop. The result feels really fresh and innovative as their talk singing combined with the classic pop is something completely new.
Side one that is produced by Eric Valentine is clearly more power-pop inspired where the band probably have been listening to Beach Boys as an inspiration. Side two is produced by Joe Chiccarelli and ice closer to 70's FM Pop where you can hear a lot of Hall & Oates, but in a new way of course. Even though the different sides of the plates have different characters so I think it flows together really nice and that they complement each other.
Guesses that some of you might get a bit skeptical because of the Good Charlotte relation, but this is something entirely different and is actually a good album worth checking out.