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The Billion

"Aisle 5" CD


Genres: comedy rock, indie rock

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Oct 14 - 20 2002

It's hard to tell what The Billion is going for with Aisle 5. While the initial impression is that this is primarily a comedy album, some strong song compositions lean you more towards the idea of it being more a pop record than anything else. While songs like "Respaminator" wouldn't really stand up well without the humour in the lyrics (the song is, oddly, all about a loner creating a friend out of meat), others, like "Mr. Cool Guy" and "Carpets of Michigan" take a more musical approach to things. Despite the fact that the comedy isn't always all that funny, though, the songs here are pretty enjoyable.

"Mr. Cool Guy," for example, carries a catchy, hummable melody to it that I found myself singing in my head afterwards. "Fred" is also very infectious, as is the calmer "Carpets of Michigan."

The Billion's influences differ for each song, as they're music is actually quite eclectic. "Rekcufrehtom Yeh," for example, is a peppy pop song that carries traits from both Pavement and They Might Be Giants. Happy and amusing, it has a nice, carefree feeling to it. "Zombie Stomp," meanwhile, is a Southern-tinged rock song that draws just as much from The Supersuckers as it does from more pop-based bands.

Altogether, Aisle 9 is a fun, enjoyable romp through eight short songs of comedy rock. While some parts fall a little flat, the tracks are, for the most part, worth listening to.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 27 min 50 sec; 8 tracks; distributed by the band; released 2002]