ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Ten Foot Pole
Go Kart Records
With song titles like “Wake Up (and Smell the Fascism),” you might
think Ten Foot Pole is a cool political punk band sent to save us from pop-punk — but
you’d be wrong.
Instead, they sound like a cheesy, 15-year-old version of Rage Against the
Machine. Their album picks up with some Gob-esque sounds, but the cliché lyrics
about cool punk girls sound like Good Charlotte, circa 2002.
You’d think that after having recorded four full-length albums, the
band’s lyrics would be a bit more substantial, yet their “quest
for the perfect song” (“The Quest”) has yet to succeed. Even
worse is frontman Dennis Jagard’s voice, which sounds like the kid at
karaoke who thinks he’s awesome, but who everyone else wishes would just
get off the stage.
Subliminable Messages rocks the same right through. With no surprises, what
you hear from the start is equally as bad for the next 32 minutes. This boy
band-disguised-as-punk is lame to the extreme.
Don’t touch Messages with a 10-foot pole.
Kate and Anna McGarrigle
La Vache Qui Pleure
Think the French language is useless? It’s not if you intend
to listen to Kate and Anna McGarrigle’s newest release, La
Vache Qui Pleure (The Crying Cow, for curious anglophones). The
disc, recorded almost entirely in French, is a pleasant listen
for anybody who has bothered to learn Canada’s second official
language. For others, it will be a confusing mess of lovely singing
and mellow, acoustic melodies.
The McGarrigle sisters have put together 40 minutes of soothing
folk sounds to break down all language barriers. Turn on this album
to complete your day as an honourary French-Canadian.