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info opinion

Half Court Prayer

"Like, Pretty O.K." CD

Practically Records

Genres: indie rock, indie pop, lo-fi

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Mar 14 - 20 2005

Half Court Prayer is a Winnipeg trio that seems to love making short, catchy lo-fi pop songs with a sound somewhere in between Pavement and Built To Spill.  There is a very overt pop sensibility here, but it will only be accessible for listeners willing to delve past the low production values.  The Malkmus tendencies shine through in spades here, be it the infectious verbosity of "Chilly Apples" or the juicy ba-ba-ba chorus of "You Haven't Got the Stones."  Not every song is a winner, but there's still plenty to like; enjoyable, carefree romps like "Free Time is Greater Than Magnificent Vacations" and "Weight" outnumber bland duds such as "Abacus" and "Murmur on the Offbeat."  This has more in common with mid-90s indie pop than anything modern, but music of that genre is always welcome in my abode.  A bit more variety and creativity might be in order next time around, but for now Like, Pretty O.K. remains a strong debut album from Half Court Prayer.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 14 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2004]