February 4th, 2008


Monday Music Review

Found a couple of discs worth writing about at work today.  The Whitsundays' (not "the magnificent Whitsunday Islands, which is made up of 76 pristine islands that lie at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, halfway between Brisbane and Cairns on Australia's East coast," but a Canadian indie band) self titled album is essentially the same sort of tribute band that the Puppini Sister's are.  Where the "sisters" harken back to the Andrews Sisters' style, The Whitsundays remind me of a Brit Pop/psychodelic/boy band with all original songs.  I liked the writing and the song types varied.  Antisocial was my fave, at least on the first spin.  Well worth the time to listen.  Usually when I listen to the radio I comment to myself "Nails," "Beatles," "Stones" depending on whose style is being ripped off by band du jour, but this one is self consciously ripping and yet I couldn't just pick a band to compare it to.  I kept thinking of XTC/Dukes of the Stratosphear but that wasn't quite it.  Give it a listen and tell me what you think. 

Less enchanting was Meg Hutchinson's Come Up Full.  I can't point out exactly why it didn't work for me.  I'm a sucker for alto country/folk singer songwriters and her writing is strong, but... there's a relaxed, breathy, singsong-y style that grated on me by the third song.  Now you may be asking yourself- why post a review of what you don't like since your normal reviews are really recommendations?  I'm glad you asked.  I'm hoping you'll see what I didn't in her.  There are probably a lot of gems on her album and maybe on a mix tape (CD) she'd fit in wonderfully.  So give her a listen and let me know.  Or better yet, make me a mix CD.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY STAM!  My Best Frisz is getting older, wiser and better looking (if that was possible!).  Love you!

Peace out.
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