Mass Romantic Original recording remastered, Import
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Limited 120gm vinyl LP pressing of this 2000 album from the Indie pop band.
The joie de vivre that oozes out of this stupidly contagious power pop record sounds as if a bunch of friends just went into the studio to make the sort of record they'd like to hear on a night out. And that's pretty much what Mass Romantic is. Members of various Canadian bands took time out to make new wave sound fun again, giving it garage rock grit and glam rock insanity. As the band say in the sleeve notes: "it's hard to remember who played what, it was all a blaze of pipe organ, Wurlitzer, mini koog, and what have you". It's this spirited approach that give us 40 minutes of energetic, upbeat Brill Building pop simplicity in a head-on collision with rugged alternative rock charm. It's music made for cruising in a car with your elbows in the breeze, all clattering drums, infectious harmonies and neat tunes that's just irresistible. --Ben Clancy
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C'est très belle... ce musique des Pornographers Noveaux...
Perfect power pop, lush, electric Brian Wilson business here. Beyond that, out of the sandbox and onto the freeway. How many more 'windows-rolled-down-stereo-cranked-through-the-roof-as-you-and-your-special-lady-roll-westward-across-the-river-down-highway-20' images need I conjure? Beautfiul. This record makes you feel good AND it's witty and has roughly 8 hooks per song. Must be a law in British Columbia to have x hooks per track. Bless BC.
This CD does remind me of others who have invented new music with skills reminiscent of and perhaps superior to that of the Beatles, but who wound up on the ash heap of music history having gone from a year of respect to being jokes. Does anyone remember The Knack being compared to the Beatles way back when? Hearing this CD reminds me of hearing the early Bangles on a college radio station, back when they were an indie group with the 80's version, to many, of Beatle-esque skill in songwriting, playing, and singing. All that's left now may be "My Sharona" and "Walk Like an Egyptian" and bad VH1 specials, but there's something great about truly skilled pop musicians getting together and recording, whether they're ever appreciated for it or not. So those two bands reminded people of the Beatles at one time. The B-52's and Go-Go's reminded some of mid-1960's surf music, mutated in the new wave years.Read more ›
this is perfect pop music. it's like that rare pop song, that no matter how many times it's played on the radio, you still can't get enough of it. but this is a whole album of that song. but be warned, you'll be humming stuff off of this cd for months.
The album as a whole is genius because each song works well together, but at the same time could easily be from different artists. It's a tricky thing to come by; Shudder To Think is the only other band I can think of that pulls it off well.
"Letter From An Occupant" is the stand-out song on the album, in my opinion, but all the songs are catchy. Sure, it can be a little sugary & jingle-jangle guitar isn't for every one, but for fans of pop (especially the variety of mid-to-late 80's indie pop) every song is a winner.
(1=poor 2=mediocre 3=pretty good 4=very good 5=phenomenal)
Most recent customer reviews
A great idea comes to fruition. This is a good first effort from this collective and having Neko Case as a secret weapon never hurts!Published on April 30 2004 by Scott Fendley
This is the best CD I own, hands-down. Neko Case's incredible voice, the brilliant mixture of guitars and electric keyboards are just amazing. Read morePublished on April 16 2004
Power Pop that is both worthy of your time and enjoyable throughout. This rereleased version (now on Matador) really is an excellent display of musical arrangements and a fine mix... Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2004 by JDB
After listening to this album numerous times, I am still amazed by it. Maybe it's Neko Case's enchanting voice, or the nonsensical lyrics. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by Danny
I think this CD was on my recommendations list. That will teach me to buy something without listening to it first. Ugh. Read morePublished on June 13 2003 by chris romano
If the music of Vancouver's best and brightest had made its way to the ears of Jimmy Swaggart, the Christian televangelist would never have dubbed music "the "new pornography. Read morePublished on March 15 2003 by treblekicker
This is not only one of the best albums the 2000's has yet produced, but quite simply one of the most infectiously brilliant (or brilliantly infectious--whichever you prefer)... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2003
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