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.
- Gigantic Life
- Stayed With Me
- Romantic Man
- This Dance
- Happy 4 Our Friends
- The Wreck Of You And Me
- Average Day
- Miss You Mostly
- Already Down
- Number One
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