Pure Pop for Now People.
Old phrase, I know (thanks, Nick Lowe), but it applies to The Purrs wonderfully.
The Purrs do retro-pop perhaps better than anyone does when it comes to finely tuned songs that musically reference past influences. On their debut release, The Dreams our Stuff is Made Of, the Purrs delivered songs that explored the musical presence of ‘60s-era bands like Velvet Underground, The Byrds, even The Beatles, within the framework of their wonderful songs. But they go much further than that. Their songs have, at their core, a studied appreciation for rock ‘n’ roll. Call them students with exceptional learning skills.
On their latest album, The Chemistry That Keeps Us Together, The Purrs continue with that style with twelve excellent songs of Pop/Rock that elicit shades of NYC and British music with musical roots in the ‘60s. One listen to “She’s Got Chemicals,” a ‘60s Who-like song (and I love that title – it’s classic), you can pick out strains of the familiar. As you move from song to song, the album yields up its treasures.
One thing is for certain, The Purrs have themselves a fantastic album. And I believe they know it. From beginning to end, The Chemistry That Keeps Us Together is a reminder of how much fun and pleasure you can get out of listening to a well-crafted album.