Rarely do I wax lyrical, but every song involves either complex harmonies and / or instrumentation made even more interesting by unexpected tempo changes and creative sound experimentation, yet remains true to the guiding principle of good pop simple, lighthearted, catchy and never shallow. "Paperback" epitomizes this idea. On the surface, its a lackadaisical mockery of the boy who crushed your heart with lyrics delivered through Amy Warrens sumptuous vocals. Underneath, its a complex range of emotions and soundscapes.
From the charmingly sassy "Rrose Selavys Valise," to the heated "$35," Pedals easily impresses, expressing the romance of Stan Getz and Astrud Gilbertos "Girl from Ipanema." Dont believe me? Just turn off that cheesy poof pop-soul prince or princess polluting the airwaves and immerse yourself in all 10 of these songs.
Admitted lovers of what Frank Navin calls the "high pop radio sound" of the 60s and 70s (i.e. Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Webb), what the musicians in Aluminum Group dont admit to or perhaps dont recognize is a minimalist Kraftwerk spirit, especially evident in "Lie Detector Test."
It works. Pedals works. Complicated to create, but oh-so easy to appreciate.
A.J. Duric writes about music for the Metro Times. E-Mail [email protected].