Reviews:: Moi Caprice The Art of Kissing Properly

“If you said let’s go to Paris, that’s what we would do.” As Mooner sings out these words on The Town and the City, I decided the new Moi Caprice disc would be a nice addition to the e-pages of herohill. I'm leaving London and hitting Paris in a few hours and since the band just got through a successful appearance at the Canadian Music Week, I think they've earned it.

The Danish four-piece borrows liberally from a few sources - For Once In Your Life Try To Fight For Something You Believe In sounds like it could have been penned by the Flaming Lips - but does so in a very enjoyable manner. You keep asking yourself, "Who does this sound like?"

But, to be fair, instead of sounding like they are trying really hard to be taken too seriously by critics, the album comes off as a nice slice of dreamy pop that could fit nicely into countless movies or ipods.

The acoustic guitar, drums and retro synth that backs The Art of Kissing Properly takes you back to the 80s, but the band uses new tricks to help the songs impressive the most pessimistic listener. The Town and the City paints a grandiose landscape will float effortlessly through your headphones. The same can be said about I Hate The Place, But I Go There To See You. The staccato piano chorus is a nice break from the slow meander the band seems most comfortable to walk at.

I’d almost say that the band doesn’t do anything overly complex, but the success of the songs shows that they have obviously found the formula lots of bands would kill for. The tracks rise and fall nicely, adding significance and purpose. The nice bass line on Wish You Were Her is a head nodder and the track flows seamlessly from note to note. It’s an undoubtedly European sound, which is why I probably gravitate to it.

The quartest understands tempo and uses ballads, like the 2-minute slow down on Stranger than Fiction to keep the record from falling into a soundtrack for an indie movie or a car commercial. That being said, the slowed down vibe of The Reinvention of Simple Math is the kind of song movie folk love. Slow verses that build into a crashing chorus – you can almost hear Ashton Kutcher telling Kevin Costner he won’t let him go!

The record starts to fizzle a bit at the end as the songs start to blend together, but it never gets boring. From start to finish it’s enjoyable, though the songs are probably best when they come up on random during your day. But with the amount of records that are backed by one good song, you could do a lot worse than picking up a record that is, at it’s worst, completely listenable, and at it’s best, when the moment is completely right, it’s breathtaking.

MP3:: The Art of Kissing Properly

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