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The Frenchmen
Sorry We Ruined Your Party

What a jalopy of an album this is. Everything about it screams "thrown together" and yet it is so perfect in its delivery... so how could it be anything but contrived?

But do we care? Eh, no.

Imagine you're in some cheesy beach party movie from the '60s and you've reached that point where the party's success hinges upon the band you've hired to play actually making it there before everyone leaves. Only problem is, the van's broken down, and the lead singer's girl has gotten all pouty because he doesn't spend time with her anymore so he's gotta take the night off to console her. So, now you're kinda screwed. You really put it all on the line, and you can't go the rest of your senior year as the guy or girl who couldn't get it together on the last day of summer. But there're some people in the crowd-- this guy can sing and play guitar, these girls can play and sing together, that guy over there can play drums… and before you know it, in typical Music Man fashion, you've got yourself a band. While we're at it, we might as well call them The Frenchmen. Their music is noisy, sloppy and a little out of tune, sort of like grandpa's old Model A; it ambles along, sounds ready to fall apart at any moment, but it's still a fun ride. They get your ass out of the jam, and before you know it you're makin' out with Annette Funicello or Frankie Avalon. Hot damn!

The Frenchmen's music is fun, whimsical and ephemeral; eventually you know that the party will end and you'll have to go back to your boring old life, but you'll enjoy it until then or at least die trying.

Now, I've been steadily convinced that "indie" had basically phased itself out and was being replaced by "emo" or some other such nonsense, when this little gem of an album comes along and effectively (sic) reigns on the coronation ceremony of the current "big thing." Whatever it is.

Can something be pretentious in its simplicity? Simultaneously overwrought and under-produced? Probably. It may be deliberate in its delivery of a fluid composition with a slapped-together sound, but that shouldn't deprive it of accolade. Be careful of playing it around your parents though, lest they start dancing the Watusi or some o' those other crazy things that old people did back then. I mean really- "Beach Blanket Bingo?"



Track Listing:
1. change of season
2. crimes of fashion
3. tell me why (flatmates cover)
4. chemistry lessons
5. private name, private number
6. runaway
7. black and white
8. veterans' day
9. flake for you
10. like the weather
11. matthew mark lupe and jon
12. a live track

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