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The M's

Real Close Ones

(Polyvinyl; US: 3 Jun 2008; UK: 2 Jun 2008)

Review [25.Jun.2008]

Chicago’s favorite retro-pop indie quartet, the M’s take another serious step towards being a true career band with their third self-produced record and second for the always dependable Polyvinyl. Real Close Ones is every bit the trip 2006’s Future Women was and given the benefit of a couple extra years of maturity. The result is not so much an homage to the Kinks as their previous works were often likened but a wealth of classy Americana fueled psychedelia. Album highlight “Naked” has a slower “Coconut” (Harry Nilsson) beat and what sounds like a dice game doubling up for shakers, supporting a well-delivered message that “there ain’t nothing wrong with being naked as long as you’re not alone.” They have convinced me it’s creepy to be bare-assed in the company of zero. The short zipper samples are a nice touch. That track is reason enough to cop this record, let alone the fact these guys are only getting better at their craft throughout the work. They’re real close to an indie rock classic.

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Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys, with a butt that won't quit.


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