Ma Cherie for Painting

Una Producion Pop

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AllMusic Review by Francis Arres

The late '90s gave listeners a lot of elements that make up a good groove, but many bands, rather than focus and mature the grooves, use electronic samplers and keyboards to try to make up for a gap or weak link in their minimal instrumentation. The effect tends to lean toward the melodramatic side. Ma Cherie for Painting is an example of a band that offers up a solid debut record, but falls short in a few areas. There are many rewards on this record, but the listener must be patient. Danceable grooves pop up out of nowhere, but only last for a few seconds. Ma Cherie for Painting should concentrate on those parts, not on the negative space. Incremental repetition glides you along. In the tune "Hope That Doesn't Rock the Boat Too Much," the longest song on the record, keyboards drone to an ebbing bassline, which may remind some of King Cobb Steelie. The song switches tonal gears in the middle. Samples and noise turn to a straight bassline that cues the guitars into play. One may get anxious, considering that it should not take this long to get to where Ma Cherie for Painting is going. Many tracks have an ambient flavor, possibly inspired by Brian Eno. Nice video game samples widen the songs, rather than keeping the flatness of the simple instrumentation. "Eurosports 3" is a drawn-out closer that provides a great little bass ditty that takes you to the end of the record, which sounds like a robot trying to sing, leaving a smile on your face.

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