- Audio CD (May 2 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: The Control Group
- ASIN: B000E6GBYE
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
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On March 7, 2006, The Control Group will welcome Figurines through US customs. Female security guards double-take passport photos of the band, but x-ray monitors scan bits of Pavement, drops of early Built To Spill, an open Modest Mouse container, a couple Strokes, and a vial of Neil Young's frantic youth. "Skeleton" turns momentum on high. As Danish press raves, three music videos from the record are uploading new listeners faster than the single "The Wonder" can reinstate the group back to #1 on Danish National Radio. Which it did. It might be a secret to some, but Figurines are one of the most hard working Danish indie bands at the moment. Look for them on tour in the US this year.
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And I may have. The unfortunate truth is, I still can't really decide. The lyrics are fine - I mean, they're better than your average band can muster, and the vocals - coupled with those HOOKS - remain as good a selling point for this disc as they've ever been...but this just doesn't capture that indie-rock magic for me in the way it seems to for some people. I mean - you've got Band of Horses releasing a bona-fide stunner of an album, and this sort of pales in comparison, in my opinion...
But still - this is a bedeveling little disc, because it's gotten to the point where, now, it's stuck in my head. I can't really complain - songs like "Silver Ponds" and "Release Me On the Floor" deserve all the plays they receive on college radio stations as well as all the plays they received on what was lately my working iPod (tragic tale, that...)
In summation, and to attempt to curtail what has thus far been a focus on the negative, let me say what I've figured out - or rather, what I've decided - about this album.
The first few times you listen to it - all you really gather from it is the basic structure of the songs - the skeleton, if you will; but after a few listens, moments that you had been glazing over while listening to begin to flesh themselves out, and come alive. This becomes the vibrant album full of color that the album cover barely hints at. You see, the first few times you look at the cover, you see black and white....but if you look closer, you see red, blue, even a little orange and a hint of green that come out with just a slight bit more than your average once-over. That's the story of this album, too. Underneath the misleadingly skeletal, almost cookie-cutter-seeming song structures with their seemingly obligatory hooks, there's a wonderful, rock-solid indie pop album, the likes of which seem to be coming back in a big way - and oh, how welcome a return it is.