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Choo Choo La Rouge
I'll Be Out All Night
Preoccupation Records

Rating: 6/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I'll Be Out All Night is very familiar-sounding. Vincent Scorziello's vocals and singing style and Choo Choo La Rouges's rough-edged pop songs sound a lot like the Weakerthans on their last album, Reconstruction Site; however this disc has less twang, and its lyrics more generic than specific.

The first two songs are upbeat, but something is missing. Starting out like that slow, hungover crawl out of bed, the album does some de-thawing around the third song and despite starting off lackadaisical, ends up being pretty productive. "I Get Lost" is fun and fluffy, but not too sugary. The song is especially catchy in its simplicity of lyrics, straightforward singing and basic rhythms.

Choo Choo La Rouge does have a knack for writing a to-the-point pop song. "Extinct Music" follows the same formula as "I Get Lost," but the melodies vary and are both equally memorable. In addition, they are also successful when they slow things down and sour their otherwise sweet formula.

"She Is A Bomb" takes itself more seriously than previous tracks, but is one of the strongest on the album, with its steady fluttering of guitars that breaks mid-song into some off-kilter riffing. The cut breaks the wall of plain-though-catchy indie pop offered up from the first track.

But while Choo Choo La Rouge is apt at writing easily digestible pop, their lyrics could benefit from some reworking. Following "She Is A Bomb" is "No One Knows Like You Know," a song that makes use of the word "tender" in its chorus. Thankfully, a word when used lovingly is usually left out of rock music. However, though provoking the "Wha?" reaction, it is endearing for a man to sing the lyric, "No one knows like you know that I'm tender." Well, now we all know, but thanks nevertheless.

Despite the stumble, they pick it up again with "Sinkhole," a more blatantly country-folk influenced pop song with enjoyably grating guitars that is less in control than preceding tracks. The album continues to play with the routine laid out from song one - similar (but not redundant) sounding songs, cohesiveness, and the goofy - whether quirky or brain-wrenching - lyrics that play second-fiddle to all the catchy songs.

Reviewed by Abbie Amadio
The last we heard Abbie Amadio, a former contributor to LAS, was based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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