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Why Do You Do?
Gringo Records

Rating: 7/10 ?


July 25, 2005
I think it was Edward de Bono who once said, "All the best ideas are simple." In a world of such crushing complexity, one cannot underestimate the value of simplicity; it's as if we feel insecure about baring our ideas as lateral, rational thoughts and instead wrap them in layers of drivel. We confuse ourselves and falsely direct our attention from the points where we intended. It's hard to do otherwise, but the least we can do is applaud those who manage to resist the temptations of "doing too much." These sorts avoid collapsing under the own weight of their own misplaced aspirations, and they should be noticed.

Soeza make a conscious effort to keep things simple. Despite incorporating instruments from a host of families and drawing their influences from such perplexing luminaries as Can, they filter their best bits, brush against post-rock contemporaries and emerge with a working, cohesive album that hops, skips, jumps and - perhaps most importantly - rocks.

"Brackish Waters" fumbles into focus with a subtly grooving bass line and female vocals that seep through, eventually coating the band in full flowing sound. Elements can be likened to Bob Tilton, although Soeza's use of horns is far more prominent. The production, although good, is mildly coarse, and despite letting drums sink every so often, the mix sits comfortably - a feat more polished production may have negated.

"Downscale," a comparatively subdued affair, paves the way for the erratic "Make It," which, although beginning with a stark sense of urgency, gradually settles as guitar stabs evolve into picks and brushes. The steadiness of "They Glow at Night" is one of Why Do You Do?'s definite highlights. Complete with swaying rhythms and nonchalant vocal choruses, it captures an effortless yet thoughtful approach to song writing; its ability to sound quirky without coming across as over-complicated or self-indulgent is commendable.

While few bands manage to work within this sonic style without sounding cluttered or conveying somewhat conceited undertones, Soeza remain upbeat, keeping a direct and mildly eccentric approach. Why Do You Do? keeps both feet on the ground, pleasing its audience with rich and rewarding simplicity.

Reviewed by Mike Wright
A staff writer based in London, England, Mike Wright is eternally troubled by the American bastardization of the English language.

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