The Del Fuegos
' debut album, The Longest Day
, sounded like a great bar band roaring through a beer-fueled set on a Saturday night, but their sophomore effort, Boston, Mass.
, found the group sanding off a few of their rough edges and adding a touch of pop polish to their sound. While producer Mitchell Froom
had added keyboards to a few cuts on The Longest Day
, he's much more of a presence on this set, and the slinky romanticism of "I Still Want You" and the late night vibe of "Coup De Ville" are more adventurous in their conception and approach than anything on the first album. The Del Fuegos
' energy and no-frills rock & roll attitude carried them over the rough spots on The Longest Day
, and here it helps them skate past the slick spots of Boston, Mass.
; the interplay between Dan Zanes
and Warren Zanes
' guitars may be tighter, but they still know when to crank up the amps and how to leave some space to breathe, and bassist Tom Lloyd
and drummer Woody Geissman
remain a crack rhythm section who keep this music in gear at all times. Beyond a bit more gloss than it needs, the greatest flaw of Boston, Mass.
is that the band didn't have quite as many good songs at their disposal as they did on the debut, but while it's not the group's best album, it comes in as a close second and time has been kind to it.