American Ghetto Pop Machine
Southern pop with catchy rock fundamentals and a confident rock-n-roll vocalist, Leisure McCorkle offers 10 relatively solid punchy pop songs about disillusion and ex-girlfriends. The band is mostly upbeat, and their simplistic structure of songs keeps everything light and jumpy until, unfortunately, they try and make things more complicated. Songs like “America Says” (“America says she’s tired of the underground/she’s wasted her life and money can’t buy her love”) start out charmingly small and choppy, but then build to needlessly fill in the empty guitar strokes that made the first half of the song so cute. The result is sometimes a song that bites off more than it can chew, but the elements of good music are still clearly evident. Reminiscent of Snuzz and Bus Stop, Leisure McCorkle is a fun time with user-friendly guitar pop that, with two guitars and a keyboard, sometimes gets a bit ahead of itself. But don’t let that be much of a deterrent – the same ambition that kills them is also what makes half the album work.