Song of the Day #598: ‘Kind of a Girl’ – Tinted Windows

The first new album I bought in 2009 was Tinted Windows’ self-titled debut. These guys were the first of the “supergroups” that were so ubiquitous last year and initially the one I found most promising.

The lead songwriter is Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne and Taylor Hanson (the talented member of Hanson) handles lead vocals. The Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha and Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos round out the band but it’s the first two fellows I mentioned who had me excited. Both Fountains of Wayne and Hanson have a knack for power pop and this band promised to be power pop nirvana.

Well, the album is certainly power pop but it’s not quite nirvana. Schlesinger seems to have saved his best material for his day job… most of these songs would have trouble cracking the lineup on a Fountains of Wayne album.

My biggest complaint is with the album’s production. These days, I’m used to just about every CD I buy sounding great even when the music isn’t up to par. But Tinted Windows sounds way too light and tinny… it’s as if the bass levels were inadvertently zeroed out when they hit record.

‘Kind of a Girl’ was the album’s first single and the closest thing to a Fountains of Wayne song on it.

She’s the kind of a girl you can’t get enough of
She’s the kind of a girl you need to feel the touch of
She’s the kind of a girl that can really shake up your whole world
The kind of a girl you kinda never want to let go

Uh oh uh oh uh oh woah woah

I had some time to kill, I had a lot to learn yeah
She said I heard you got a little money to burn yeah
She said she knew some things to do, some places we could go
The way he looked I guess I kinda couldn’t say no

Uh oh uh oh uh oh woah woah

And she took me by the hand
And she said she had some plans
And I tried so hard but I didn’t quite understand
But she knows just what to say
And she always gets her way

And before too long it was clear as day
This girl was here to stay

She’s the kind of a girl you can’t take too much of
She’s the kind of a girl that can really take up your whole world
the kind of a girl you kinda wish you didn’t know

Uh oh uh oh uh oh woah woah woah

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #598: ‘Kind of a Girl’ – Tinted Windows

  1. Amy says:

    I listened to the song before reading your post today. As I was popping over to write my comment, I thought, “this sounds so tinny.” Imagine my delight to read your post suggests the same. They must be going for that sound, right? I can’t imagine it’s a mistake. But why would they want to produce a tinny sound? I’m not sure what I’d characterize as “pure pop nirvana,” but it certainly wouldn’t be this. 🙂 Maybe something by Cyndi Lauper. Hmm… I’ll have to now go in search of pure pop nirvana…

  2. Dana says:

    I assume the tinny sound is to emulate some kind of 80’s pop sound, although I seem to recall production in the 80’s to be pretty decent.

    Not a fan of pop really, and not a fan of this song.

  3. Clay says:

    But you’re a fan of Fountains of Wayne, aren’t you? They are certainly pop.

  4. Dana says:

    Yeah, I do like Fountains of Wayne.

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