Review: Side Pony by Lake Street Dive

Side Pony by Lake Street DiveThe nice thing about Lake Street Dive is how great they are musically. You can tell that, obviously, from reading their background: the band’s members met while studying at the New England Conservatory of Music, and later evolved from their jazz origins to take on that potent mix of indie pop and Motown soul. Side Pony is not a show-off-y record; it’s not one full of tricks (as a band with such a background might be assumed to want to do) but rather they just kick in when the situation calls for it. The result is a consistent yet relaxed record with some nice gems. The title track is such a swinger, while album opener “Godawful Things” nicely wears its Motown influences up its sleeve. But maybe it’s an album best listened to on shuffle with a lot of other tracks, rather than as an album itself. It gets a bit monotonous after a while. [NB]4/5

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