NME.COM

The Changes

Today Is Tonight

NME Logo
Chicago’s The Changes sound a bit like The Shins in the same way that Har Mar Superstar looks a bit like Ron Jeremy. In Garden State Natalie Portman forced the guy from Scrubs to listen to The Shins with the promise that they would change his life – but listen to this debut from The Changes and, rather than your life being changed, you’re more likely to rue the fact that you lost 44 minutes of it you’ll never get back. Because while songs like ‘House Of Style’ and ‘When I Wake’ might have the smile-soft vocals, unicorn-gallop pace and Mercury Rev-on-half-an-E sunny-ness of The Shins’ irresistible Americana, they’ve got none of the tunes that underpin it. And that makes buying ‘Today Is Tonight’ a purchase akin to buying a Ferrari without an engine. Moreover, the ’80s disco-ish ‘Twilight’ is their attempt at a style break, but sounds like Jamiroquai. Yeah, The Shins meets Jamiroquai. Gulp.



Jamie Fullerton
3 / 10

Share This

More Reviews

Slaves - 'Take Control' Review

This unruly second album delivers a sucker punch to anyone who had the Kent duo down as a novelty act

Album

Boxed In – 'Melt' Review

With their bigger and better second album, London-based indie/dance band Boxed In have earned their breakout moment

Album
Connect With Us
This Week's Magazine