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Permanent Holiday
A Hidden Agenda Records

Rating: 7/10 ?

January 28, 2005
I'm a big big fan of British music, although it's really hard to find someone who isn't sent swooning from the old British canon, built of pop goodness and epic bands. Almost everyone I know at least likes one or two songs from Blur, Radiohead, Oasis or Pulp (I'm not even listing anything prior to the late 90s) and it's quite easy to see why the fun, beauty and tenderness is easy to fall in love with.

There is something funny, though, that anything that sounds pop rockish in any manner is automagically labeled 'British'. All the hype surrounding Thirdimension pegs them as doing Brit-pop/pop/pop-epics, but really that's all crap. Sure, this may be pop rock but it's clearly part of the ongoing Swedish pop onslaught - and by onslaught I really mean candy-coated compositions held up by pixies and fairy dust.

On that note, I'm a sucker for well written pop songs. And firstly, here, a band name like Thirdimension certainly warrants some wry comments - but I shall resist the jokes (although it pains me to deprive the reader of such wit and dry humour) and maintain focus.

The album starts out with a couple of lovingly composed rockers… but when it comes down to it, what more is there to say about these? Sure, you've heard these kinds of songs before, complete with the flourishes and warm layering, but for some reason these songs just work.

"Wait, wait!" you scream. "If I've heard these kinds of songs before, won't this be boring?!" - sure some that have been overexposed to pop rock will find this disc tedious but if you enjoy a good dose of pop rock at times, then this is definitely for you.

When Permanent Holiday slows down, however there are some nice gems to be found as a complement to their soaring numbers. The whole release goes down really smoothly, and there is never a point where the urge to skip the track creeps in; this is pure sugar-coated rock.

If pop rock is your bag, don't miss this album for its sheer, grand takes on the genre and sweeping crescendos. It's nothing mold-breaking, but is a fairly solid release for exactly what it is.

Reviewed by Abi Huynh
A contributing writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Abi Huynh enjoys film and music that most people criminally ignore.

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