Airport – Go Up (2011)

Go Up

With Go Up, Airport have created a fantastic pop record. I call it “pop” for lack of a better term. This sometimes-rock/sometimes-Americana/always-melodic record draws heavily from both the FM and AM bands of the ’70s radio dial. The closest comparison I can think of is a rockin’ version of Jackson Browne with Teenage Fanclub harmonies. Check out “Yeah” and the damn near perfect “Knot Again” for a couple of examples. That doesn’t tell the whole story, though. The title track has some Tom Petty twang. “Hate You” balances a biting verse with a sweet chorus melody that makes the medicine go down a little easier. The band hints at psychedelic pop on the verses to “Automatically Everything”. Locally, these guys are mining the same territory as bands like The Rationales and Eric Salt & The Electric City.* Like those bands, they’re doing it very well. Go Up holds its own with the best of ’em.

Oh, and the “Crimson and Clover” reference in “Comfortable” is one of the best things I’ve heard in a long time.

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* Go Up sports one member of Eric Salt & The Electric City, with another member having recently joined Airport for live shows.