She Roars Companion

Fredericton's She Roars have been kicking around Atlantic Canada for the past four years and while their debut EP was quieter and folky, they've stepped things up for their first album, Companion. They've added a second guitarist and have slid their sound towards something poppier, in the vein of Barenaked Ladies. Their frenetic acoustic tunes bounce along happily without a care in the world, but the album is just too one-dimensional. There's no denying that the band play well together, but by the midway point of Companion, the songs begin to bleed into one another. The jangle-heavy songs all sound the same and until they begin to throw something more unexpected into the mix, there will be nothing more to She Roars than some pleasant enough pop songs that won't set the world on fire. (Independent)