Aug 07, 2012 Web Exclusive
The New Zealand band Opossom sound considerably friendlier and more approachable than their namesake critter. This debut album plays like the aural equivalent of a relentlessly upbeat pal who wants nothing more than to sit next to you and radiate, and whether or not their enthusiasm fully rubs off by the end of the disc, the likable vibe lingers.
Keyboard and guitar alternate as dominating instruments, just as Opossom freely switches up their stylistic approach. "Girl" begins the record with a '60s-pop bounce, sounding a bit like Fitz and the Tantrums using The Velvet Underground's pure pop moments as a reference point, but that's as decade-specific as the band gets here. The jittery electronic pop of "Getaway Tonight" is nearly frantic enough for video-game placement. For one of the album's best moments, Opossom sounds like a great, lost Britpop band on "Why Why" as they simmer quietly before tearing into a sticky-catchy chorus.
The album does shift gears, slowing down for the easy sway of "Outer Space" and getting downright torporific with the trippy "Inhaler Song," but these guys are obviously happiest when they're getting a rise out of you. (www.opossommusic.com)
Author rating: 7/10
Average reader rating: 9/10
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