The Winnerys – Daily Urban Times

Arriving to the POPISM HQ a bit late to be included on our annual list of the best albums in 2006, The Winnery’s sophomore long-playing effort sure does deserve its place among the bunch.

Not that there’s anything revolutionary about them, but as it was the case with And … The Winnerys from 2003 (reviewed elsewhere on these pages), it’s all about catchy retrofuturistic power-pop, stuck knee-deep in the mud of the Mersey river bank (Big Times, Get Into My Life, How I Miss You, Not So Far Away), with just an occasional jump out of it, while still staying close enough, with the kind of an extra powered up approach, taking it towards the end of the decade by way of Badfinger-through-Dodgy/Shazam (Your Fantasy, Urban Lady Blues).

In a bit more laid back department, there’s some genuine Macca balladery heard in My Little Good Friend and Peace In The World, with John taking things over in Five, Five, Five, getting as gentle as Lennon-possible after “a hard day’s night”.

If you’ve ever wondered how The Beatles-gone-bluebeat-in-’65 would’ve sounded like, there’s not too many better ways to find out than My Daily Ray Of Sunshine, and even though most of you should already be aware of how does it sound like when Paul does a jazzy vaudeville kind of a thing, you might as well be reminded of it with Humble Heart.

Seems like “the winner STILL is …” the same.

[Released by Rock Indiana 2006]

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