Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday, 8/1/99

Moxy Früvous


(Bottom Line ***)

Fred Beckley

Like fellow Canandians and kindred spirits Barenaked Ladies, Moxy Früvous makes kicky pop with a nerdy aesthetic, and exhibits a penchant for novelty numbers. So it seems odd that after the Ladies finally break through with the hokey "One Week," Moxy Früvous decides to play it straight.

On this fifth studio shindig, you won't hear about the Michigan militia or short works of fiction. Instead, the Toronto quartet offers a dozen new harmony-laden relationship songs that play like Beatles byproduct: "Revolver" writing and "Rubber Soul" production. The Früvi don't forswear cleverness ("I'll hold your breath if that won't make you blue" on "I Will Hold On"); they've simply cut the clown act. Let's hope it's only a phase.

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