Say American Hi-Fi and I say powerpop candy,I fell in love with their Cheap Trick influenced rock on their debut from 2001 and then they changed style a bit on the follow up "The art of losing" (2003) and got trendy with a more punkpop oriented powerpop-nothing wrong with that style but it wasn?t the way I wanted these powerpop guru?s to sound like. Now on their 3rd full length album they have discovered the piano and also went back to their original style,thank god they got rid of their punkpop ideas. With the help from masterproducer Butch Walker,their new effort "Hearts on parade" is a music spectacle of highest grade,the flirt with 80?s pianobased powerpop is nothing but excellent. Think Ben Folds,Maroon 5,The Police and ofcourse American Hi-Fi (the first album) in a big soup and you?ve got the new 2004 album which unfortunately only is released in Japan,the international release won?t be until early 2005 but if you want some new American Hi-Fi in your head now-you can get a first taste of the songs at their mediaplayer and also a free download of the opening track "Maybe won?t do" at their site. The Circus has come to town and it?s name is "Hearts on parade"!