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Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Before I opened this up, I had thought I was in for some horrible take on emo ala Sunday Flood or (insert your favorite derivative emo band name here), all based on the cover - a picture of some children staring at some sort of mural or something. And having included the lyrics, some of them in French, I thought I was in for what I thought might be the equivalent of an emo Seinfeld musical, only trying to be heartfelt.

Alas, however, I was disappointed, as what I first heard, I actually liked - a slow pulling synthesizer, mixed soon with some piano and a drum machine hi hat. But then the acoustic guitar came in with that sensitive Borders corner coffee shop open-mic night rhythm I think that we're all too familiar with. Even when the next analog synth faded in, panning between the speakers, nothing could pull it back. And I thought that it could get no worse. Alas, however, I was disappointed: they started to sing.

I don't know, if they had used electric guitars in a style similar to the way they do later in the disc, I think that this might have been passable. And if they tried to sing differently, a little more breathy in the way that the Jai Alai vocalist attempts to mimic Sam Prekop, I think it would work a bit. But then there's the matter of the melody. While the lyrics actually sometimes get promising, the vocalists just can't seem to make any worthwhile melody out of them (nor can they sing!), except for the line (and a weak one at that) "someone smashed her chubby head." Morrissey is the only singer I know of that could pull this type of line off... And If drums were more present throughout the disc, it might be better as well. And a better (WAY better) bass sound would be helpful.

Naturally, since this release is from France, I feel like I can hear some sort of French musical influence throughout it. A couple of times in the CD I feel as though I'm watching French Cinemax porn late weekend nights at my mom's house again in eighth grade. But those are passing moments. Overall I feel like this would be in place, like I said, at Borders. And at times I feel like I'd hear some of this passing by a corner café in France (though I really have no idea, I've never been there). I'd stick around for a couple of minutes as every once in a while this can actually be appealing. But I'd take off pretty quickly - I've got other things going on.

Reviewed by David Miller


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