The Fertile Crescent

The Fertile Crescent

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The Fertile Crescent's self-titled album is an unlikely release for both Knitting Factory and the indie scene in general -- the band's jazzy and funky virtuoso leanings call up images of aging music geeks who grew up on overblown prog rock. Despite the polish and overly careful construction, however, the band explores some extremely elegant pop territory. Tracks like "My Green Heart" actually recall XTC in their less stylized moments, and to criticize the band for sounding too traditionally oriented (something which has more to do with image than quality) would probably just be indie pretension. No matter how unfashionable it might seem, The Fertile Crescent is an extremely well-crafted release, and it's quite likely to appeal to fans of late-period XTC, World Party, or to the adherents of any number of bands whose dedication to pop sophistication sometimes overshadows their hipness.

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