5th album from the man best known for the songs he contributed to the indie films "Happiness," "American Splendor" and "The Tao of Steve."
Mike Baron on "Pop Geek Heaven" website:
Mirsky writes killer power pop and studio genius Jon Gordon supplies most of the instrumentals. The record has a remarkably consistent sound all the way through and you can clearly hear every word. Gordon also produced Marco Joachim’s Hidden Symphonies. ”This Year’s Gonna Be Our Year” is softly charging rock and rue with hand-claps and a Dick Dale undertow. Rue rules “The Weed In Your Garden,” good bones, about unrequited love. Gordon brings a little Nashville to the guitars. ”Positive Energy” is Power Pop 101 from the same school that produced the Cars and the Rubinoos. ”Split In Two” is a viscerally compelling, instantly memorable song about getting it on. ”I Know Victoria’s Secret” is like Bowie in subject matter and tone although you couldn’t imagine two more different singers.
”Another Week or Two” is stompin’ Gin Blossoms that stops dead for the fateful beat of the clock before roaring back to life. ”What You Don’t Want” reminded me of Broken Promise Keepers–that type of elemental but satisfying theme/chorus/bridge. ”A Little Heartache” sounds like a Hank Williams song and Mirsky gives it the Williams treatment. ”Growing Up” is a rueful medication and childhood that hits the bullseye.
Four and a half stars.
released 22 June 2012
Eytan Mirsky - lead vocals, background vocals
Jack Boice - background vocals on "I Know Victoria's Secret"
Warren Odze - drums on "Don't Forget"
Jon Gordon - everything else
Recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Jon Gordon at Jon Gordon Music production (www.jongordon-music.com
All song written by Eytan Mirsky - Mirsky Mouse Music (BMI)
Mirsky Mouse drawings by Eytan Mirsky