The Marlboro Chorus
Genres: indie pop
PO Box 191
Sep 6 - 12 2004
A name like "The Marlboro Chorus" makes me think of
sarcastic, ironic talk-rockers singing about how much they don't care
about anything. But - aside from some slightly gravelly singing
- Entangled is simply a catchy pop record.
In just six songs, this Iowan pop trio is able to really grab your
attention. Their songwriting is incredible - resulting in
melodic, engaging compositions - and their attitude towards music is
cheerfully positive. This disc's two best songs are "The
Moondial" and "Hymn of the New Republic," as they are
the most immediately infectious, and they stay fresh and
enjoyable for quite awhile. The latter is especially tasty - its
simple melody will be stuck in your head for weeks.
Although this EP has two really strong songs, the other four tunes
are also quite enjoyable - just not as memorable. "Our
Mother of Perpetual Helpdesk" has a neat, springy verse and a
college-rock-styled chorus. "Song for L" and
"Running Out," meanwhile, are calmer and somewhat folk-like,
while "Entangled" is juicy and full of sugary hooks.
The Marlboro Chorus are more innocent than their name may
suggest, though on Entangled they do show their guilty side with
some downright devious pop songwriting.
6 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2004]