Volume 94, Issue 22

Friday, October, 6, 2000


This Elevator is now in service

It's twilight time for Dulli

Moffats are all grown up

Friday Rant

Moffats are all grown up

The Moffatts

Light, fluffy and easy to swallow.

This could easily describe both a big bag of popcorn or the previous releases from the Canadian band, the Moffatts. However, their newest album, Submodalities, is nothing of the sort.

The four brothers have begun to drift away from their typical pop roots and are beginning to write and perform music that can be classified as rock. The 13 tracks on the new CD clearly give the album a distinctly rock sound with a dash of their expected pop style.

The first single, "Bang Bang Boom," has a catchy rhythm with incredibly easy to follow lyrics. The chorus is nearly entirely comprised of "do do dos," perfect for listening while driving around town with the windows down and the stereo up.

The rest of the album strongly supports the single. In fact, the other songs possibly overshadow "Bang Bang Boom," judging from the developing taste of today's rock music listeners. Without question, the Moffatts brothers have attempted to emulate other successful rock acts on Submodalities by using similar riffs and sounds as these artists. "Walking Behind" is quite similar to Eagle-Eye Cherry, so much that the opening seconds are nearly indentical to Cherry's hit, "Stay Tonight."

The influence of two other Canadian bands is also heard on this album. "Antifreeze & Aeroplanes" and "I Don't Want To Want Me" are fashioned after the style of the Matthew Good Band. Also, "Call The Doctor" shares some characteristics with I Mother Earth's slower numbers. This resemblance is a result of the commonalities of the lead singers' voices.

The sole drawback to this album is that it doesn't flow properly, leading to an awkward overall sound from the album. However, this minor setback does not affect the high quality of rock that The Moffatts have laid down on their fifth album.

– Stephen Libin

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