In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Thom Donovan's new album, Cast a Light. He has this to say:
As the leader of LaPush, Thom Donovan made smart, catchy modern rock that refracted his love of Britpop through the lens of singer-songwriter-esque moody revelations. That combination ensured that LaPush's songs fit in well on MTV's serialized cinéma vérité such as The Hills and 16 and Pregnant; both shows have featured his music. Donovan's first solo album does more than soundtrack teen angst, however. Like LaPush's final EP, Cast a Light considers mature themes, set to the chimes of twelve-string guitars, tidy hooks and immediate melodies. Donovan's soft touch is evident on his tender take on the 1961 Paris Sisters chestnut, "I Love How You Love Me," which was Phil Spector's first big hit as a producer. But rather than erect a wall of sound, he keeps it hushed, thanks to gingerly picked guitar and some (regrettable) canned strings. The acoustic ballad "Knock On My Door" is similarly gentle but much more focused on mortality.
Read the rest here. Stream a new song, "Cold Winds Will Blow," below.