Music

Riviera: Capital


Riviera

Capital

Label: Glorious Noise
US Release Date: 2006-11-21
UK Release Date: Available as import
Amazon
iTunes

Why do people say that two many cooks in the kitchen spoil the soup? I’d wager a guess, but people have been saying this long before Top Chef. In fact, it’s an Iranian proverb: “If there are two cooks in one house, the soup is either too salty or two cold.” I don’t know why this is, because you’d expect the quality control to be a bit higher than in a one-cook household. Still, up-and-coming Chicago rockers Riviera bear this wisdom out somewhat on their third full-length, Capital. Three different singer/songwriter/guitarists fairly evenly share the duties across 12 tracks that in turn split the difference between Uncle Tupelo and Mudhoney. There are occasional songs that stand out: Derek Phillips’s cooing piano ballad “Everything You Know (Goes Away)”, and Josh Boisvert’s punchy “Ash Lane”, a gruffly effective alt-country stomper that is both the best display of Riveria’s potential, and a solid advertisement for what I’ll bet is a fairly exhilarating live show. Still, too much of Capital either runs together or suffers from a lack of singular vision. Maybe it’s too easy with so many singers and writers to say, “hey man, that’s awesome", when it might be better to heed another Iranian proverb: “In your neighbor’s soup there is always one fatty morsel.”

5

The 10 Best Indie Pop Albums of 2009

Indie pop in 2009 was about all young energy and autumnal melancholy, about the rush you feel when you first hear an exciting new band, and the bittersweet feeling you get when your favorite band calls it quits.

Music
Pop Ten
Mixed Media
PM Picks

© 1999-2018 Popmatters.com. All rights reserved.
Popmatters is wholly independently owned and operated.