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The Loch Ness Mouse

"Key West" CD

Happy Happy Birthday To Me

Genres: indie pop, twee pop

PO Box 1035
Panama City, FL 32402

Mar 24 - 30 2003

It isn't hard to understand why Key West won Norway's Alarm Prize for the Best Pop Album of 2002.  In such a musical country, The Loch Ness Mouse have managed to become national heroes, winning over legions of fans with their brilliant indie pop sound.  Key West is their second album (following up their debut Flair for Darjeeling), and though I haven't heard Flair, I can't imagine it being any better than this.

Soft and sugary just like we like 'em, the twelve songs on Key West are all well-written, infectious numbers that are sure to induce plenty of smiles to listeners.  And while the majority of the album is airy and light, the band also know how to inject some energy into their music, as can be evidenced in tracks like "Quay West" and the terrific "Jules Verne."

Since the main focus here is very poppy stuff, you can be sure that there's plenty of that to be enjoyed.  Tracks like "Marker Number" and "In The City in the Morning" are amazingly well-written tunes, each one more infectious than the stomach flu (except double the fun!)  "I Lost My Heart To Mary Ann," meanwhile, is a very memorable ditty, while "Adrift" is a bittersweet, semi-sorrowful song reminiscent of the music of 60s bands of the The Mamas and the Papas camp.  Lots of this sixties theme can be heard throughout Key West, with evidence of everyone from The Beatles to The Lovin' Spoonful in the band's style.

Modern popsters will rejoice, classic pop fans will reminisce - if pop's your game, go out and buy Key West before you miss out.


Fun Fact: Total number of times the word "pop" was used in this review: six.

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 11 songs, distributed by the label, released 2002]