Quasi Hot Shit!
Published Sep 01, 2003After the disappointing prog-addled The Sword of God in 2001, Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss have returned to some of the traits that made 1999s Field Studies such a charming slice of fuzzy keyboard-centric and wordy Beatlesque indie rock. Coomess piano playing is loosening up to the point where you can almost detect elements of backwoods sludge funk in the non-ironic "Good Time RocknRoll, which also has traces of Gord Downies new band. The positively eerie "No One is driven by drunken Mellotron strings, matched by some of Coomess most fragile vocals to date. Lyrically, he takes a few unsubtle shots at the Bush administration; otherwise hes up to his usual tales of broken lives ("Drunken Tears) and glimpses of hope ("Good Times). The only curiosity is Weisss occasionally clunky drumming, which after her tour de force performance on Sleater-Kinneys One Beat last year, seems clumsy in comparison. (Touch and Go)