I Dream of Eclectic Sheep

by Evan Sawdey

2 April 2007


Sweet Dreams

There are some things that are hard to hate in life, and an absolutely free album is one of them.  Taking a cue from Harvey Danger’s free release of Little By Little last year, Treeball want you to hear their music so bad that they’re just giving it to you ( is where it’s at).  Yet, is the offer too good to be true?  Thankfully, it’s not.  It’s a joyous little romp into the world of indie-pop, and it has all the trademarks of a good debut (although this is their fourth full-length): it has some remarkably fun numbers (“Favorite Enemy” and “Could You Love Me Now?” come immediately to mind), a rollickingly good song (Michael McDonald’s “Soul to Heaven”) and a couple tracks that are best left forgotten (opener “Denial of the Fittest” and especially the wretched “Chess”).  I Dream of Eclectic Sheep (with songwriting credits shared between members Nick Triani, Janne Lehtinen, and Astrid Swan) closes with the appropriately eclectic ballad “What a Wise Guy”, and in the time it would take to watch a typical sitcom, you get something that may not change your life, but just might leave a smile on your face.

I Dream of Eclectic Sheep


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