steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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info opinion


"Also Rising" CD


Genres: indie pop, shoegazer, indie rock

PO Box 541165
Flushing NY 11354

Apr 28 - May 5  2003

Very accessible, poppy music with elements of shoegazer and electronic pop is the name of the game in the case of Blue2Noise, whose Shapes And Lines album, the first under their new name (before it was simply Blue), came out in late 2002.  Fans of Yo La Tengo and similar indie pop acts may find a lot they can relate to in Blue2Noise's music.

Uplifting, catchy tunes include "Spinaround" and "Stuck", which are both deliciously moody and emotional.  The former especially shows a Yo La Tengo influence, with clear links to the classic I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One album in the guitar and vocals.  Other tunes, like "Pontiac Crash" and "Out Of Time" are a bit more energetic and less dreamy, but still maintain the decidedly laidback and spacey feel.  A few tracks, like "Winter," which only boasts a few good moments, and the flat "Believe" don't work out quite well and weigh down on the album's flow.

Fans of indie rock, shoegazer, and plain indie pop may want to check out Blue2Noise's Shapes and Lines for a good, fun diversion, but will have to be wary of the album's duds.  Next time, B2N may want to get rid of a few of the flatter tracks and pile on more of their catchy shoegazer-tinged material instead, as that is what they seem to be best at.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 16 songs, distributed by the band, released 2002]