Review by Darren Kerr
I can also dig you getting all techno and foreboding on "Brain Interface," but the combination of that tinny Casio verse line and your loungy vocal see-sawing is so irritating that my girlfriend threatened to kill me if I ever play it again. Is that what you were trying to achieve? Do you want to send all the girlfriends of Vancouver into a homicidal frenzy of Biblical proportion?
And how did you come up with the idea of the breaking glass percussion sounds in "Tied (One More Day)"? They sound great, kinda like Bonehead Night at the Turf Hotel. Is that where those sounds came from? Did you actually take some expensive piece of recording equipment into the Turf? If so, you are a far braver man than I.
Really, your proggie folk does contain some good ideas: a guitar part here, a subtle chord change there. Yet it sounds like you are trying to make the hooks too quirky, thus undermining the melodies. Still, even Sebadoh's Lou Barlow and GBV's Robert Pollard tend to fall into that same trap every now and then.
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