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Thursday, December 02, 2004

THE CANSECOS 

Album: The Cansecos
Artist: The Cansecos
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First things first, I would have reviewed this CD on name alone. You can't beat anything named Canseco. Secondly, it is always good to promote Canadian music whenever we have a chance. Any band that can finally put the Celine Dion and Bryan Adams jokes to bed is more than welcome at herohill.com.

There has been an influx of great Canadian music that is finally getting noticed by hipsters throughout the world. Broken Social Scene albums are selling like hotcakes (imagine if they were selling hotcakes). The Russian Futurists, Manitoba are putting out truly enjoyable lap-pop music. Somewhere in between the two types of music lies the Cansecos self titled debut.

Mixing drum machines, synths and guitars to produce some great rhythms, the Cansecos have managed to create a great pop record. I know that computer-driven beats are the new hot style (thanks to the huge success of bands like the Postal Service and the fact everyone who loved the dorky synths of the 80's has decided to rehash their love of new wave), but these songs were recorded between 2000 and 2002.

Lyrically, this two man band won't leave you awestruck, but that is not to say that the verses are unintelligent and that they don't fit the songs perfectly. The songs are incredibly well crafted. Faster Than You Go has a driving beat, and tells a story with playful lyrics like "across the room you made me laugh, your fake corsage, my fake moustache".

The songs on this album are all over the map, but the album is well structured. The intricate layers and beats meld together to keep your interest for the full (12) tracks. Perhaps the best way to describe this album is to say that I had listened to the whole album, without noticing, only to finish and INSTANTLY hit play again. The record is enjoyable and the true definition of the songs is released slowly, because for the first few listens, the beats and melodies keep you listening and the lyrics seem to slip by unnoticed.

Favorite tracks: Faster Than You Go, This Small Disaster, What It Was You Said

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