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The Pasties

Pure, crystal clear pop music comes in many forms these days. The Pastiesí brand out of New York manages to distinguish itself with its insistent keyboard and Moog moments reminiscent of the Rentals and the Anniversary. Platonica, their debut, comes some ways in separating the Pasties from the generic brand.

"Shameless" appears to be the perfect intro to the album. A good melody, background synthesizers and oh-la-la vocals set the tone, and are built upon in "Gigantic Life." By the time, "Stayed With Me" ends, the pop melodies are starting to get embedded in my head. "Romantic Man" and "This Dance", however, seem a step backward and something Iíve heard before. "Happy 4 Our Friends" reintroduces the Rentals feel and is a good enough pop song, but again, generic. Finally, the originality that seemed inevitable through out the album re-emerges in "The Wreck Of You And Me", arguably the best-constructed song on the album.

There is no denying the tight knit sound of the Pasties. Their lyrics are easily better than most heard on the radio today. In fact, there is no reason why the better songs on Platonica should not be on the radio today. Besides "Stayed With Me", "Miss You Mostly" and "Already Down" in my mind, are top 40 radio hits; wannabe hits perhaps.

The Pastiesí first full-length debut displays all their talent and inventiveness, but also portrays a certain degree of redundancy that lessens their appeal. Sure there are pop hits and hook-laden melodies galore, but they do sound similar at times. The listener might start yearning for some originality by the time "Number One" wraps up the album.

Adi Anand

Track Listing:

  1. Shameless
  2. Gigantic Life
  3. Stayed With Me
  4. Romantic Man
  5. This Dance
  6. Happy 4 Our Friends
  7. The Wreck Of You And Me
  8. Average Day
  9. Miss You Mostly
  10. Already Down
  11. Number One

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