JAM Magazine CD Review

September , 2010
Review by Steve Taylor

Someone Loves You Boris Yeltsin

"Let It Sway"

Label: Polyvinyl Records

Despite having one of the more ridiculous names this side of the former Iron Curtain, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin brings something refreshing to the party. Their third record, Let It Sway, is reminiscent of the music you heard on the car radio in your one cool uncle's ride when you were a kid. The songs are pure, sunshiny power pop that is perfect for driving on a summer afternoon.

These guys are eternal optimists, and the underlying message to most of their songs is to just be happy, dammit! Let It Sway shows the progression the band should have made after their debut album, Broom. Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie produced the record, rescuing the band from the overly commercialized sound that dominated their sophomore effort, Pershing. Songs like "Sink / Let It Sway" and "Banned (By the Man)" are so catchy you will find yourself unconsciously singing and clapping along. "Stuart Gets Lost Dans Le Metro" slows things down just enough to let you catch your breath.

There isn't anything groundbreaking on this release, and in a time of self-important hipsters who find it cool to be bored and depressed, it certainly won't ring true with everyone. What it will do, however, is make you smile and remember how music used to make you feel when you sat in the passenger seat of a certain cool relatives automobile with the wind in your face and the sun on your back. All in all, it's not a bad way to remember yesterday.