is my first review in a while, so let's just get right
down to it. I got this CD recently on the recommendation
of someone I know, along with a few others. It's put
out by Kindercore records, and somewhat fits my definition
of kindercore music. The sound is lilting and light-hearted,
and the lyrics somehow both innocent and slightly forlorn.
It is very reminicent of (and obviously inspired by)
the Beatles, with McCartney's song writing. I think
this became most apparent on track 10, "Natalie
and Effie in the Park". This album would definetly
appeal to fans of The Apples in Stereo, I think. It
is a fairly good album, the mix of 60's pop hooks and
analog synth accompaniment works as well as it always
There isn't much innovation beyond the old retro-indiepop
sound that seems to prevail in these type of bands these
days. The album is forumlaic, really, but still has
that cute innocent charm that defines this type of music.
At it's best, Aldhils Arboretum manages to pull off
what it's trying to do. That is, it sounds like a record
that could have been made by an innovative 60's pop
band. At it's worst, it feels like just another kindercore-type
record. Of Montreal is a talented band, and I can't
fault them for being good at what they do. I would recommend
this record to anyone who is looking for another band
not unlike Apples in Stereo, but with a different sound,
but i don't think i'd try to sell it to anyone else.
Number rating and Summary:
7/10 A good album, held back only by it's lack of originality.
It deserves a seven, and could indicate better things
to come from this band.