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Fonda
Catching Up to the Future
A Hidden Agenda Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
It's cold and blustery outside, Catching Up to the Future is spinning in CD player, and I'm reminiscing about the Britpop that was washing up on American soil in the early/mid nineties. Conjuring up memories of Lush and the Darling Buds, Fonda creates another dreamy, hook-filled, shoegazing, re-vamp of 60's British pop. I mean the kind of British pop that serves to enhance just about any mood as it drifts inoffensively from your stereo.

Fonda's sound is well suited to the sunny-day vocals of Emily Cook, as they combine the Casio twee synthesizer, the drone of shoegaze, and the hooks of first wave Britpop. They aren't as wistful as The Sundays, but one could certainly draw a healthy comparison to Harriet Wheeler's summeriness. Catching Up to the Future doesn't exactly come off as the most original album I've ever heard, but they certainly apply the knowledge of their genre well.

I'm not sure that it is unfortunate that Fonda is easily pigeonholed, as they seem very comfortable with what they do, but their latest album is very heavy-handed with its influences. Almost to the point that the album sounds too familiar... in fact, most indie-popsters probably have at least two or three just like it in their CD collections.

This album certainly isn't bad by any stretch, but it isn't very memorable either. This album is a great background soundtrack for your cozy, unhurried days. You could put this album on repeat and hear it four times before you realize that you've heard it four times. If you want substance, then Catching Up to the Future may leave you a little flat. But if you're one of those people that is afraid of silence, the kind that always have to have a stereo or a TV on, then Fonda might be a good pick to keep you in friendly company.

Reviewed by John Peters
A former contributing writer for LAS, John married former music editor Sarah Iddings. That\'s the last we heard from him.

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