Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
WARNING! Highly Addictive
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Upon coming across "Plano," their 1st release on the very hit and miss Minty Fresh, I knew I was listening to one of my favorite bands of all time. Hearing Plano was like hearing the Blue Nile for the 1st time; that feeling of having been swept away by a lover who new exactly how to touch you. A little erie yet relieving at the same time. I was instantly transfixed by their marriage of Everything But the Girl-like melodies, harmonies, and vocals with the ironic electronics of Magnetic Fields, and by the sheer addictiveness of the whole thing. The result was a collection so perfect that it could almost pass as a greatest hits record. Do they wear thier influences on their sleeves? Absoulutely. A little dated? a little. Pretentious? a little more so. But aren't these "critisms" true of all the best in pop, EBTG and Magnetic Fields included? Do what ever you can, but get yourself a listen to Plano---the most addictive pop record of the 90s. Period"
Groundbreaking gay pop-angst from Middle America
TruConsumer | 09/27/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Now that the Navin brothers have recorded a new album to distract me, I realize how groundbreaking "Plano" really was...What other band has written about class differences between gay suitors in the suburbs? Perhaps the Smiths, circa "Hatful of Hollow," but not as plaintively. Musically, it's as if an early sixties fraternity choir suddenly reappeared on the scene with Eno as their producer. Not every song on this album is great, but the overall mood, the subtle sonic pleasures, and the groundbreaking themes make this an essential album of the 1990s."
TruConsumer | Springfield, MA USA | 03/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Every track on this album is solid. I love the delivery of the vocals, and annunciation. Faves include "Storytime" and "Star Wish" and "Steam". I dont find it loungey or shlocky at all. I can hear the "Frazier Chorus" comparisons at times, but this is quality stuff."