The Big Tease: Paper Symphony

[12 February 2007]

By Jason MacNeil

This band’s six-song EP (five not counting the Panic! at the Disco-ish intro) is okay, but nothing that wouldn’t fall into the aforementioned band’s realm. Thankfully, it’s not as wordy or quirky, and has more power pop during “Casanova”, which is piano-driven in the vein of early Joe Jackson. The horns added to the mix certainly don’t hinder the ditty either. While that song has made the airwaves on NBC’s “Today Show”, other songs such as “On Your Side” pack a far better wallop. Here, they sound like a cross between Soul Asylum and Collective Soul. The band slows things down for the pretty “A Waltz for Natalie”, which has some Beatles hues coloring it, particularly the Harrison-like throwaway guitar accents. Another jewel is the punchy “Fallen Chandelier” with a sweeter than sweet chorus resembling, you guessed it, Matthew Sweet.

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