"Tubes, Wood & Metal" CD
Genres: indie pop, power pop, rock n' roll
Apr 7 - 13 2003
you're looking for some fun, straightforward rockin' and rollin' power
pop, then chances are you'll dig the French Broads. These
guys know how to use a pop hook, and the melodies on Tubes,
Wood & Metal are perfect evidence.
The songs on this album are all really well-done. The vocals
are delightfully pleasant, blending very well with the music.
The songs have a nice, loose sound with a carefree element that makes
them perfect for cartrips and just being with friends. There's
also a great hint of a country influence that runs through the album,
especially on tracks like "Steppin' out" and "Big
Orange Paint," the latter of which is a fun rock n' roll tune
that calls to mind comparisons to Joel Plaskett, particularly
in the vocals. "Deep South Trip," meanwhile, is a
fucking infectious mid-90s styled track reminiscent of The
Barenaked Ladies to some extent, but moreso that fun one-hit
wonder "Breakfast at Tiffany's" by Deep Blue Something.
"Epic" is another infinitely infectious rock number, filled
with power chords and love-focused lyrics.
"Spastoblather" and "Koto" are the album's two
instrumental experiments. They seem promising at first, but end
up somehow affecting the album's rock n' roll flow. The disc
could have been improved by leaving these out, or perhaps placing them
at the start and end of the album as a prelude and postlude.
Altogether, Tubes, Wood & Metal is definitely a
worthwhile purchase for power pop fans. Although it doesn't
contain anything ground-breaking, it is a very catchy album that has
enough pop hooks to keep anyone entertained for hours.
[Vitals: 10 songs, distributed by the
label, released 2002]