Boomkat Product Review:
It's album number eight from Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger, and this time around they seem to have generally abandoned their most elliptical tendencies in favour of more direct pop styling, the like of which makes good use of influences from '70s AOR. The vaguely glam-influenced 'Charmaine Champagne' capitalises on these cues early on, but the tunes only get slicker as the album delves deeper into its sequence: 'Cut The Cake', 'Even In The Rain' and the riotous closing piece 'Take Me Round Again' really set the standard, all resounding with melodic accomplishment and populated by absorbing lyrical tracts. Very rarely do the Friedbergers' tendencies towards kook-centric prog commandeer proceedings on this album, in fact, one of the few times this threatens to get in the way is during the slinky lounge-bound slow jam, 'Drive To Dallas' which converges on parody after repeating jazzy piano motifs, ultimately speeding up in a highly ridiculous fashion before erupting into a woozy, shred-tastic guitar solo. Even here though it all feels like good fun, the duo transcending the fiddly, fragmentary nature of the piece with no small measure of wit.