Archie Powell & The Exports
Great Ideas In Action
Good Land Records 
Fire Note Says: Archie Powell & The Exports perfect their good time rock out on sophomore outing Great Ideas In Action!
Sometimes it is best to not change a thing when you have a winning formula and that is exactly the way I feel about the sophomore outing from Chicago's Archie Powell & The Exports titled Great Ideas In Action. In fact, the band expands on their catchy rock formula found on Skip Work  and comes at you with another batch of modern day Elvis Costello that is tighter, even more focused and perfects their verse chorus verse approach.
What I like about Great Ideas In Action is that the songs never candy coat anything and easily resonate with the listeners as first song "Metronome" captures this with the line "Life is a bitch for me and for all the folks you know". The storming rocker "Crazy Pills" speaks to the dangers of going down the drug path while "Job Fair" seems to be a timely track about how tough the job market is right now even if you have a four year degree. The key here is that even though the subject matter may not paint the prettiest picture of the everyday grind, Archie Powell & The Exports make it feel 110% times better with their peppy tempos and memorable lines.
Key Tracks: "Bend Over Backwards", "Crazy Pills", "Sticky Buttons"
Bands With Similar Fire:
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Archie Powell & The Exports: Skip Work [Fire Note Review 10/18/10] [#35 Top 50 2010]
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Good Land Records
-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony