Sweet Apple Pie

Everybody Wants to Be a Supertiger

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This French band has a solid grasp on power pop hooks and thick rock, rhythms if the first song is any indication. "Glue Girl" consists of a cheesy piano weaving in and out of the song, but it works well with the extremely sweet and high harmonies. Led by lead singer and main songwriter Gilles Davancens, the music has a Beatles quality to it, but also resembles modern day rock groups such as Sloan and Velvet Crush. "Supertiger" and "Mr. Goodguy" are three-minute pop nuggets, with little in the way of extended guitar solos. If there's a slight problem, though, the band has mastered this format almost to a fault, with a number of songs sound too unoriginal and occasionally uninspired. "Look Up" has an attempted duet in it, but loses a lot of its energy midway through, becoming aimless. A '70s organ solo midway through only adds to the confusion. The songwriting and arrangement changes slightly with Laurent Davancens offering up more of a roots pop seasoning on "Words." In most of the songs, there is an almost stifling tightness to the group, not allowing themselves to perform outside the box. "Lalala" is perhaps the only exception, with the group opening up the sonic throttle. One of the better tunes is the '60s-like Byrds groove on "Wardour Street," complete with handclaps and a quasi-psychedelic feeling. The band seems to pick itself up during the last third of the record, with a great urgency audible in each track. "From the Outside" is percussion-driven, while the guitars shine on "Abstract Boy" à la the Kinks.

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