Genre: indie rock
Jun 23 - 29 2003
why do I keep writing Molars Galore? Some sort of dental
obsession? Do I have a cavity? DO I NEED A ROOT CANAL???
Perhaps, but even in tooth terms, this is a good album.
Taking inspiration from their many musical influences, including Pavement,
Guided By Voices, and Sebadoh, Morals Galore have
created a catchy, energetic indie rock album. While there are a
few calmer, slower songs on Donerail, the band clearly works
best with a more rock-based, faster format. Of their influences,
there is greatest evidence of Pavement in their music; they're
found donning a carefree, occasionally raucous sound that is marinated
in a dense sauce of pop hooks. It's nearly impossible not to
latch onto tracks like "Not Yet" and "Paperlove,"
whose melodies are enough to make you want to sing along, rockstar-style.
That's not to say there aren't weak spots, but there aren't any songs
present that threaten the fun of the album as a whole. While
"Ex-parent" lacks the melody of some of the other tracks,
and "60 Years" becomes a bit drearier than it should, these
problems are minor and excusable for a debut album.
So, Donerail doesn't do anything new, that's a given, but Morals
Galore have pulled off a solid slab of indie rock that's catchy
nonetheless. Worth it if you're looking for some pleasant tunes
12 songs, distributed by Galaxy, released 2003]