"Valley of the Paper Dolls" CDR EP
Genres: acoustic pop, "acoustic rock",
Feb 28 - Mar 6 2005
Fuji Minx have dubbed their musical style "original sexy
alternative acoustic rock," so let's explore this EP with that
term in mind.
Original - I've got to hand it to Fuji Minx,
their style is pretty unique. They combine a singer/songwriter
ethic with folk and straightforward pop music, coming up with
something that hasn't been done too many times before.
Sexy - No.
Alternative - At times, Fuji Minx seems to fit
the "alternative" mold to an extent, but this is ultimately
closer to an Alanis Morissette sort of "alt" than a
modern mainstream "alt rock" vibe, in both a musical and
angst-ridden lyrical sense.
Acoustic - Can't complain - these songs are
acoustic. From the hushed percussion to the acoustic guitar,
there isn't much else to call it.
Rock - Lines can be blurred at times, but this album
seems to favour a pop approach rather than a rock sound.
This is probably a good thing, as most of the previous "acoustic
rock" attempts I have heard have been utter travesties.
Altogether, the Valley of the Paper Dolls EP is a catchy,
entertaining ride, but it isn't one that will grab your attention or
keep you listening for weeks on end. Fuji Minx may want
to consider tightening up their compositions and focusing on readily
accessible hooks for future releases.
9 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2004]