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Two Cents Plus Tax
Two Cents Plus Tax
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Versus
Title: Two Cents Plus Tax
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Caroline
Original Release Date: 5/5/1998
Release Date: 5/5/1998
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, American Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 017046755726

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The future of pop
Boon Sheridan | Boston, MA USA | 09/21/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The more music gets complicated, the more comforting it is to have a band like Versus cranking out honest to goodness guitar pop. There's something liberating in hearing the rumbling basslines and crackle of static from the amps on the newest collection of songs. In something of a contrast to the brightness of the sound, the songs are lyrically dark and moody but deceptively so. The dark content of "Morning Glory" is balanced with sweet alternating verses that play off the tension building guitars and a tinkling piano at the end.The twin vocals of Richard Baluyut and Fontaine Toups are still a force to be reckoned with and "Underground" lets the two intertwine with great results. Far from one trick-kids, there's a semi-country twang to "Spastic Reaction" and a few electronic beats in with the strums of "Jack and Jill." Versus can also toss all the frills out the window and rock out with the furious "Atomic Kid." These guys see the future, and even if they don't like what they see - they make it sound cool."
Their best so far...
Justin B-H | Sydney AUS | 06/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is simultaneously Versus' attempt to crack the big time *and* their best written, most consistent full-length record-which probably makes some indie fans uncomfortable, but shouldn't. Yes, the guitars go for twin-axe wall of sound volume over indie jangle, odd tunings and feedback freakouts, but when the result is as exhilarating as "Atomic Kid" you can't take exception. The lyrics on this record are the best ones they ever wrote, hands down-about Cold War nostalgics ("Atomic Kid"), ageing party animals ("Dumb Fun"), small town indie gurus ("Underground") and love gone jarringly wrong. Richard and Fontaine's harmonies are at their peak, whether channeling Neil Young and Nicolette Larson in "Crazymaker", or brilliantly singing across each other like Eno and Cale's Wrong Way Up experiments in "Morning Glory", which also highlights their ability to shift dynamics. Instead of the old post-grunge thing of simply using quiet verses to highlight loud choruses, they show that they know that sometimes the comedown is the most affecting part, just like in the broken relationships they sing about. Fontaine also shows an interesting New Order influence on the record, not so much in sound but in how she conceals unsettling adult emotions in apparently simplistic sing-song lyrics (and an enunciated, halting vocal style reminiscent of Barney Sumner). I own and love all the Versus albums and EPs but this is the one I listen to most."
Classic indie rock in all it's implications
Justin B-H | 01/23/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This album is a very good indie rock album so if you like that kind of music you will not be disappointed. But if you're looking for a unique sound you won't find it here. That's not a criticism, really - just a reflection of how familiar this genre is nowadays."