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Clare and the Reasons, KR-51
Frog Stand Records, July 10

07/26/12



I suppose there’s no right or wrong way to do cabaret-rock, when it comes down to it, particularly when the measuring stick is set in this band’s native New York, where they’ve already popped out a couple of albums that barely made my radar — actually, come to think of it, their debut LP, The Movie, annoyed me with its pseudo-conceptual-art snottiness. “Are you an album?” I believe I asked it before tossing it in the Back Part of The Desk, where albums go to die in ignominy, at least as far as this space is concerned. Turning to this new one, we find Clare Manchon and her two Kit Kat cohorts really going for it, moving their small operation to Berlin for that real Kurt Weill ambiance, as much as one can get there nowadays with all the trance electro playing everywhere. Sorry, I’ll shut up, right after I mention that the band does what they do, ah, best, here, meaning looking for hooks to go with a few above-adequate grooves mixed in with their usual airy, sometimes depressing themes. Despite some French orchestral help, plenty of moonbat Lotte Linye vocalizations and a few other stupid human tricks, everything sounds like soundtracking for a really annoying perfume commercial — no, some product where you don’t know what it is, but you know you don’t want it because only a posturing fashion-victim could possibly have a use for it. It’s a bunch of cool verses without any payoff, is what I mean. B- —Eric W. Saeger






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