Mon Electric Bijou

Songs Made From Plastic [2002]

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Still in their early 20s but going back to the late-'60s and early-'70s sound of Lou Reed and the Kinks, Mon Electric Bijou has all of the nuances and intangibles that comes with recreating that sound. Lead singer and songwriter Martin Saz hits the ground running with the dark and moody rock of "Being a Rhino." Although approaching six minutes, the song never stalls thanks to the Doors-like instrumental looseness. "Blue on Blue Beaumont" has an appealing and deliberate tension-filled tone to it, building with each verse. There is a lo-fi sound that works quite well on garage rock experiments like "Le Zodiac" and the opening "Murder Your Love," both brief instrumentals that could be easily expanded. The film noir lyrics such as being stabbed in the throat and murder during "Vietnam's Cashews" has a great theatrical sound to it, resembling Urge Overkill in places despite the Stones-like arrangement. Sounding primal without being cliché, Mon Electric Bijou make each song an infectious psychedelic journey, especially with the early Pink Floyd sound of "Cold-Blooded Killer." They seem to have lost the plot though on "Mission Control," a bland and uninspired attempt at trying to be Sloan. "Back to Business" puts the record back in business with a large wall of sound and a give-and-take vocal. The group take an experimental and minimal approach to "Dial 'R' for Raw," but the effect is less than satisfactory. If pared by one or two songs, Songs Made From Plastic would make a very good first impression.

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