The Val Papadins - No One Wants To Move The Piano
The Val Papadins ' 2007 release No One Wants to Move the Piano is a ten track full- length that shines in its moments of Arcade Fire-inspired brilliance but drags during many of its prolonged, agonizing songs. Displaying an affinity for keys and clap machines, and a liking for the more unorthodox instruments in contemporary rock music, The Val Papadins show glimpses of excellence, but many of their songs go nowhere musically, droning on in monotony. The first track from Piano, "Night Train," epitomizes this, as it begins with a tugging drum beat and bouyant keys, successfully evoking the sounds of a train. When the voice of lead singer Sasha Papadin kicks in, and the backing choir emerges, the song seems as if it will reach new heights, having potential for a change in direction, but to no avail. The song drags on, and ends innocuously, safely, almost--as if the band's afraid to escape from its shell.
However, not all songs on No One Wants to Move the Piano are unsuccessful. Standout track "Long Cold Winter" begins with a simple guitar strumming, then leads into the soothing sounds of the keyboard and the repetition of clap machines. Though even in "Long Cold Winter" there are moments of monotony, the tone and energy of the song ultimately shows some fluctuation, revealing that the band has the potential to make something great. We will just have to give them time, but keep them on the radar.
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