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  • Summary: The debut album for the band comprised of Taylor Hanson of Hanson fame, Cheap Trick's Bun E. Carlos, Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger and ex-Smashing Pumpkin James Iha.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. It's all hook-riddled, fast, and ephemeral, and if you don't love it, your tie's too wide.
  2. Although the roster of the newly formed act Tinted Windows is a bit of a head-scratcher--middle Hanson brother Taylor Hanson, Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger, former Smashing Pumpkin James Iha and Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos--it all seems to make sense after one listen to the supergroup's self-titled debut.
  3. Tinted Windows’ self-titled debut is a buzzy, thumping, rousingly tuneful set of songs about broken hearts and adolescent need; it’s as wonderfully shallow and cleverly arranged as the classics of the genre.
  4. 60
    Tinted Windows' debut is even less left-field; these hook-crammed power-pop jams are safe and bouncy enough for Jo Bros fans and Stacy's mom alike.
  5. Though the songs recall the Fountains' smart, well-crafted material, they lack that band's detailed lyrics (typical line: "All I really want to say/Is I need you every day"). But these likable tunes usually hit their modest marks.
  6. Ultimately, the whole of Tinted Windows is so much less than the sum of its considerable parts that it's almost tragic.
  7. Everyone plays it safe, no one takes a risk, and the end result is the most forgettable pop album to be released so far this year.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. MattD.
    Apr 29, 2009
    No, the fact that Pitchfork wrote such a ridiculous review is what is almost tragic. I said almost, since no one cares and it's the listener's loss. If you love classic, fun, power pop, this is a must have. It shows the Jonas Brothers what the real thing is. Expand
  2. PaulM
    Apr 30, 2009
    Expertly played power pop played by power pop experts. Anyone who disses Taylor Hanson's voice out of some imagined notion of hipness, isn't really listening or really shouldn't comment because they don't understand powerpop. And hey, the most Big Star-like song on the album, "Nothing To Me" was written entirely by Taylor. So there. Expand
  3. justinm.
    Jan 18, 2010
    So fresh and so clean clean.
  4. LarryH
    Apr 21, 2009
    Blissfull, catchy pop-rock. Just bounce like a tween and feel the joy.
  5. JohnD
    Apr 23, 2009
    If you like catchy guitar power pop, this is your cd. Solid from start to finish.
  6. Feb 28, 2011
    Pleasant enough yet not remarkable. Some songs are better than others, my favorite is Can't Get a Read on You, but overall it's just OK. It's a good mind clearing record when you don't feel like thinking. Expand
  7. Joe
    May 24, 2009
    Absolutely terrible.

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