All Y’all

by Jacquelyn Lewis

All Y’all is reminiscent of a few other garage rock bands you may already know, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good listen.

Jangly, fuzzy, and distorted, much like another Atlanta-based band you may have heard of (rhymes with Back Rips), Gringo Star works really hard at laid-back psychedelic garage rock on their debut full-length, All Y’all. Superproduced by Ben H. Allen, who’s also worked with Animal Collective, the dirty mixing is pretty insincere. However, this isn’t to say it’s not a good listen. Just like the less-popular Beatle to which the band attributes its name, All Y’all is fun and lovable but reminiscent of the past. A healthy mash-up of the Nuggets compilations and the garage-rock revival of the early 2000s may be heard in these 14 seemingly endless tracks. Grab a groupie, and make Mick Jagger–esque smoochy faces to party cuts like “Up and Down” and “Rebel Kind (Hazelwood).” Then head south with country ballad “Transmission,” and find yourself in a piano-bar waltz as you go on the “March of the Gringo.”

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