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Ablum By Duplex!
Mint Records

Rating: 7/10 ?


June 16, 2005
One two, one two three four!

One two, buckle my shoe,
Three four, shut the door,
Five six, pick up your sticks
Seven eight, lay them straight to the rock solid
One two three four this is our power chord!


So begins "Yr Mama", the first track on Ablum by Duplex!. What ensues is an oddly familiar and yet obliquely charming trip through a eclectic worlds of a three year old, an eleven year old, a twelve year old and their parents.

This is a kids' record, but as initially I did not know this fact, I thoroughly enjoyed it as well. One does not even need to be a parent to find this music infectious. While strange at first, but as the album settles in, you can't help but join this band in having fun. Thankfully, there is quite a bit of appeal on Ablum by Duplex!, even if taken simply as an album in itself.

But let's not forget about the kids! While there's no surefire way to make moral tales and singalongs fun for children, this disc surely has all the specifics of a viable kids' record. Even at a glance, the song titles show that this album is about everything that really matters: "Multiplication Treehouse", "I am a Robot", "Pooing and Peeing", "Lament in the House of Rabbit" and "Heatin' up the Milk".

The music is turbulent, fun and colorful; at times it is wonderfully endearing. Ablum by Duplex! is a joy, through and through, and tracks like "Salad Song" and "Hanu" resound in a fashion that leaves you wanting more. Indie cred be damned! I'll frolic to this.

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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