Code Pie’s second album, the ridiculously titled The Most Trusted Name in Yous, deserves any confectionary descriptors it might get, but it’s not the usual sort of sugary pop. The overlarge band (six members plus a sizable chunk of Montreal) sounds like a shiny dance party that barely gives you time to get a drink. The group, driven by Eva Boodman’s joyous trumpet, ricochets through 16 brash tracks with puppyish enthusiasm (that’s not to say their songs are immature, just that they might make you loll your tongue and certainly wag your tail). Even with the vocals a little muddy (the mix throughout the album comes up a little short), “Conway Killjoy” provides the album’s highlight, merging exuberance with the threat of chaos for a shakin’-it reveille. Sure, the handful of slower songs are nice and tight, too, but really they’re just for show. Code Pie’s at its finest when it lets go, and that’s exactly what they’ve focused on.
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