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Idiots!

Spring Is Here

(Matapop; US: 6 Jun 2006; UK: Unavailable)

It’s hard to be an Idiot.  Spring Is Here is the second album from the Canadian electro-pop troubadours, and their first new release since (get this) 1999 when they released their debut, Evel Knievel.  What’s happened since then?  Mates of State and the Postal Service have come along, so it’s easy to pin the Idiots! as professional rehashes when, in fact, they got that emotion-through-keyboards thing down first.  Yet, Mates and Postal do it better.  Budget limitations aside, songs like “Lies and Secrets” and “The Visit” can be either too shouty or cheesy (respectively).  The album can get a little same-sounding the further you dig in, but there are also some genuine pop gems lying about, including the spectacular “Tap on the Shoulder”, which shows vocalist Roey Shemesh holding back and creating a song that’s genuinely and profoundly affecting.  There’s a lot of room to improve, but a lot of good stuff as well.  Hopefully the wait for the next round won’t be another seven years.

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Evan Sawdey started contributing to PopMatters in late 2005, and has also had his work featured in publications such as SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and many more. Evan has been a guest on HuffPost Live, RevotTV's "Revolt Live!", and WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C. (Big Break Records), the 2012 re-release of 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry (Hot Shot Records), and many others. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.


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