Gold Motel - GOOD AS GOLD
FILTER Grade: 77%
By Jon Falcone on August 14, 2012
This New York outfit’s sophomore album fabulously blends an interesting line between The Cardigans and The Strokes. “Musicians” spunks up the retro-pop formula with a fuzzy wall of sound, big attitude, boy-girl harmonies, an absolutely killer chorus and the genius line, “Most of my friends are musicians in the subway stations.” However, songs like “Santa Cruz” make this album fallible—they aren’t as beautiful as the place and memories evoked from the titles.