Published May 01, 2002If Bonds double-zero designation represents a license to kill, Mysterios triple digits must afford the band a right to create catchy, dynamic studio pop at times reminiscent of Squeeze, Matthew Sweet and Prozzak. According to the analogy, multitalented musician Eric Corne is Mysterios Connery, playing as he does just about every instrument here and writing the lions share of songs. With the agency staffed by drummer John Kelly and guitarist Simon Craig, along with numerous guests, Watchmen vocalist Danny Greaves and bass player Ken Tizzard among them. The connection there probably has something to do with the fact Corne was raised in Winnipeg, but theres nothing Watchmen-like about this recording, save perhaps for the fact Corne, like Greaves, seems to have an affinity for the vocal style of Radioheads Thom York. Whatever. The pop hues fluctuate throughout the disc, from trippy beats to guitar rock to low-key moments of just piano and vocals. Fortunately, Cornes range is such that his voice can make good use of a lot of space. His decision to sing clean on most of these 12 tracks is admirable, but there are a few occasions where some effects likely would have made for a more congruous sound. If the idea was to impart a more live feel to the proceedings though, it worked. It also served to warm up the whole production by a couple of degrees.