Leave Me Out of This
Words On Music
Norwich, England with love. Shy and breathy and sexy or at least
trying to be, lead singer Anne's voice falls somewhere between Bjork
and Marilyn Monroe singing "Happy Birthday, Mr. President."
A little goes a long, long way, and eventually become as appealing
as listening to Carol Channing.
I went from liking this
to not liking this in one sitting, and ended up realizing that there's
just too much of the same thing for an LP, even if it's being billed
as the band's "North American debut." Musically, it's
ambient trip-hop by way of Air and This Mortal Coil and about a
hundred other bands that have been doing this for the past 10 years.
It can be damn catchy
in small doses and when the melody is solid, like on grinding strutter
"I Didn't Say," the laid-back "Caught On" and
the jangle rocker "Talking a Hole in My Head," all of
which glow with a good-time, surf-slacker haze.
But too often, the music
gets bogged down in tuneless drone dreams that bring the fuzz and
leave the melody unsung. Add to that the natural buzz of Anne's
breathy mewing and it leaves you yawning.
Posted Nov. 21,
2003. Copyright © 2003 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
singer Anne's voice falls somewhere between Bjork and Marilyn
Monroe singing 'Happy Birthday, Mr. President.'"