Could it be that O'Hagan is simply at the top of the heap -- that he's the pinnacle? Could he be gulp as good as Brian Wilson??!!?! He just might be, thank you very much. Pet Sounds , SMiLE and a scant handful of other prime Wilson works, verses O'Hagan and his ten-plus albums of exquisite beauty and detail could sway the utterly preposterous and fictional battle right there. But it is precisely O'Hagan 's prolific nature that seems to irk his detractors most. Over the course of their career, the High Llamas successfully combined '60s pop sensibilities with burbling analog synth accents and laid-back, West Coast vibes with a NYC session cat's journeyman aesthetic.
Every stylistic element that has ever graced the grooves of their past albums is present here, with synth blurbs and Baroque-via-the-beach string arrangements holding equal footing throughout. Bacharach -ian backing vocals and Wilson -esque instrumentation hold equal ground with Motown rhythms and Steely Dan slick-ery, but the whole thing sounds natural and familiar, rather than over-thought, forced and derivative. Four years in the making, Can Cladders could have come off the presses as an indulgent, overwrought opus.
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