Though the group never had anything approaching mainstream success, Noise Petals were more than Jeremy Toback's first band. The sole album from the group is tight and delivers catchy, melodic tunes on every cut, crafting a very appealing funk-pop fusion. Lead vocalist James Trigg projected an intelligent and poetic cynicism, and was an effective though not flashy frontman. "The Happy Song" is a particularly good cut, a bouncy piece of jazzy funk-rock with appealing call-and-response vocals. The band even mocks Kiss musically on the track "Were Yeats Gene Simmons," a smart, sarcastic masterpiece about the tension between art and popularity. There's no question which path the members of Noise Petals chose, but this unjustly neglected album certainly deserved a better fate.
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AllMusic Review by Richard Foss