Pavement, Breeders and Archers Of Loaf records celebrate rock music while also subverting its dumber tropes. Like these artists, Nathan Tucker of Cool American loves what he’s doing, but not too much. His impassioned vocals and his band’s hectic performances are belied by an observational disengagement. In an era of rock characterized by an occasional lack of subtlety, Tucker’s is a unique take.
Cool American’s first record, Better Luck Next Year, was a collection of homespun, acoustic pop morsels (think: Elliott Smith, not Jack Johnson) that hinted at a slightly self-conscious and stifled pop ambition. On his project’s followup LP, You Can Win A Few, Tucker enlisted a four-piece band, exchanging his Nick Drake-ian chord changes and self-effacing sensitivity for power-pop vigor and an assertive bleat.
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