Volume 95, Issue 94

Wednesday, April 3, 2002
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Say YES to Yoko Ono's collection at the AGO

Unfortunately, Smoochy is already dead

Becoming a nightmare

Outside the Box

Care Bear stare causes enjoyment

Britney more savvy than Square

Trail, the Hives and Fellows breathe life into music

Britney more savvy than Square

Four Square

When Weeks Were Weekends


Two stars (out of five)

Aggressive – that's how one could sum up, in a word, Four Square's debut album When Weeks Were Weekends.

The four-member band, once known as Doug, has re-emerged with a collection of songs that all seem to be the same.

If one were to methodically skip through the album listening only to the start of each of its 11 tracks, it would sound as though almost all of them were actually slight variations of the opening song.

The primary impression a listener gets is that these guys are just having fun with their music. They are like most high school bands: entertaining, but not to be taken too seriously.

However, they deliver their songs with brisk energy. Their lively style could challenge any punk group, while their lyrics intermittently drift carelessly. Still, this seems to be indicative of their character – careless and without much relevance.

Although the album sounds like a single song drawn-out, there are a few tracks that emerge from the clones – "We Saw Everything" has a little different flavour to it, while "4850" has a weird but intriguing beginning and interesting lyrics and "Better Now" is a wistful number about self-improvement.

The unfortunate downside to "Better Now" is that, while the previous tracks were fast enough to cover the singer's restricted vocal abilities, this one slows down to a point where his voice is obviously strained.

To their credit, Four Square's music has a positive vibe to it – which is a seemingly limited thing in the industry.

If one is looking for an alternative to mainstream pop, forgo that thought and stick to Britney – at least she pulls off the aggressive thing with a little more savvy.

–Debra Eveleigh

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