Edmonton Sun review of YWGTTM
Saturday, April 26, 1997
Moxy digs deep for moxie
You will go to the Moon reviewed
by Mike Ross
Some bands are just begging to get slammed.
These four smarmy guys from Toronto became one of the
most loathed Canadian acts of the '90s due to their smirking, CBC-supported,
preachy political satire set to barbershop quartet-style music that's so
cute it makes your teeth rot. After these musical intellectuals oozed their
way into the mainstream in 1993, they were dismayed to realize their core
fan base consisted of pre-teens. Oh, the irony! Since then, the group's very
name has become a punchline.
So it's a lot for a potential fan to get over - a
veritable police spike-belt on the road to appreciating this unique
foursome's considerable talent.
OK, I'll admit it. I loved Moxy Fruvous' debut album,
Bargainville - until I found out from my cool friends how uncool it was.
It's a shameful thing.
Moxy's third album, out Tuesday, is missing much of the
happy chirp of the debut, but the deft satirical edge and solid, four-part
vocal harmonies remain.
Using a combination of Beatles-era chord progressions
framed in hip-hop drum loops and sprinkled with rap may seem as appetizing
as chocolate chips in mashed potatoes, but it works, in a perverse sort of
way. Michigan Militia slams the American far right, while The Incredible
Medicine Show tackles the modern obsession with looking young. These are two
of the album's more amusing highlights. In contrast, Lee, with its spooky
combo of violins and grand piano, is a chilling parable on lovers' suicide.
Listen to this album with an open mind and hopefully
you'll enjoy it whether it's supposed to be cool or not.
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