Two Airplanes

The Killers Among Us

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There's a perky mix of ska and Europop that is popular on the European continent Europe but has never made it particularly big anywhere else. At its best the music is lively dancefloor fodder, and with a decent vocalist it can resemble Talking Heads gone East. Unfortunately Vadim Pokrovsky of Two Airplanes has neither a particularly tuneful voice nor a clear delivery. (This wouldn't seem to be a problem, as the songs are mostly in Russian or, rather surprisingly, in Swahili. Nevertheless, it is because if you're going to listen to a song in a language you don't understand, you are probably more demanding that the vocals are pleasant when considered as a part of the music.) The band is pretty good at playing a sort of rocked-up lounge ska and the brass section creates a fine party atmosphere, but just as you start enjoying the groove the vocals come back and break the reverie. Two Airplanes had already released several albums in Russia before The Killers Among Us, which was their first U.S. release, and they had toured widely in Europe, Canada, and the U.S.A. Based on this album the band has some talent, but they need to work on the vocals before they have any chance at the charts.

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