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    Welcome – “Sirs ” – [Fat Cat]

    Why isn’t it easier to find albums like this? A consistent pop bopper
    that doesn’t try too hard nor is it too lazy (“dude, just use the presets
    and that rhyme from the last album”). Bassist Jo Claxton sings on some
    numbers with a nice daisy-sewed-on-yer-jeans voice and guitarist Pete
    Brand sings on the others with a mighty Mersey urgency! The songs and
    the album are short but spot on and leave you wanting more, catchiness
    melded with a scratchiness works for me. If they’ve been together for
    ten years as I’ve read, I would have expected a more tired release. Of
    course I wouldn’t expect Seattle to be so close to Britain, but clearly
    this band gets that continental drift. Lyrics seem comfortably left-field
    images of Jimmy Stewart, satellite dishes and a cellphone in the bathroom
    (if you want to make a law about cellphones, maybe start there before you
    take it out of my car). For the less lyrically-inclined there are enough
    audio oddities dropped in to keep jaded ears listening, while necks are
    snapping along to the freak beats. A nice vox humana at the end of
    “Actual Glad”, whistley synth alarm on the title track and then a soft
    stumbly coda make that number a sorta siamese twin. “With You With Me”
    has a recognizable firebell clang for a few bars. Man, I even thought
    I heard a mellotron on “First”. Every track offered something, nothing
    wore my Welcome out!

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 15, 2007 at 10:40 am
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