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Cool Spin: Turbo Fruits, ‘No Control’

Turbo Fruits’ fourth album, No Control (Melvin Records/Thirty Tigers), starts in a psychedelic haze with the sweet-smelling ’60s West Coast throwback, “Show Me Something Real.” This is a false start for the Nashville-based foursome, as the rest of No Control sounds nothing like that track. Instead, it sticks close to Turbo Fruits’ patented garage rock.

The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, who financed the recording as well as produced two tracks, taps into Turbo Fruits’ strengths on “The Way I Want You” and “No Reason To Stay.” The former serves as the first single with a fun, high school band-like simplicity and sincerity. The latter maintains the fun attitude, bouncing along a taut bassline. “Favorite Girl” picks up pace with an irresistible fast chorus and frenetic energy. “Friends” is trite in sentiment, but nevertheless effective. As is “Blow These Clouds,” which returns to the psychedelia of No Control’s start. It would’ve been interesting to hear an entire album that followed its opener’s lead. But when the group sticks to simple and straightforward, it hits the mark.

All songs written by Jonas Stein, Robert Kingsley Brock, Jr. David McCowen, Matthew Hearn. All songs produced by Jeremy Ferguson, engineered by Matt Legge and recorded at Battle Tapes Recording in Nashville, except “The Way I Want You” and “No Reason To Stay” produced by Patrick Carney, engineered by Roger Moutenot.