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La La Land

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Tom C
Swinging Bells
American Idol
Undone Melody
Kon Tiki
Game Shows
The Mama Papa
Fake It
Future from the 80s
Jeans Jeans Jeans
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 46:37

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Plants and Animals, La La Land
Label: Secret City Records

Anyone listening to Plants and Animals' debut, Parc Avenue, would have been forgiven for thinking it was actually a reissue. A shaggy (yet never hippie-dippy) collection of warm rock-pop-psych, Parc sounds as though it had been recorded by a group of mid '70s commune residents sent into the forest with wah-wah pedals, some decent hash, and the complete works of Larry Norman and T. Rex. In reality, it was the work of three… read more »

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Love it...don't know why this doesn't show up more often. Randomly saw them as the opening act for another artist at 40 Watt in Athens and couldn't believe that there hasn't been more attention. Both albums are quality front to back.

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Growing on me... Evolve on


La La Land is rapidly growing on me 3 listens in. I think the only edge that Parc avenue may have in the end is some of those catchier tunes that you can digest easier in a borader range of listening moods... It seems that they are transitioning out of a more jam-rooted sound and into a phase of shorter, but no less complex (more complex?), concentrated powerhouse tunes. And I like it. Evolve on, it's the sign of thriving artistry.

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Evolution (?)


La La Land is different than Parc Avenue, and it seems like an evolution--and not a sucky evolution like MGMT. But keep in mind that "evolution" does not always mean "better." if I'm being honest, LLL doesn't quite stack up to Parc Avenue. While it doesn't make an immediate impact like Parc Ave., LLL will definitely grow on you if you give it a chance (which means that you'll need to buy it).

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Man. There are just so many new records today. Also, I think about halfway through this, I developed carpal tunnel syndrome. Trust, TRST: Behind the year's worst album cover is one of the year's best records. Super goth, in all the right ways. Where my Apoptygma Berzerk fans at? Home crying? Cool. See you there. This one is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Barry Walters goes: Trust is danceable even if you're not stuck in a K-hole. Its tempos vary… more »

They Say All Music Guide

What’s going on up there in Montreal, anyway? It might as well be Williamsburg, Jr., considering how many world-beating indie rock bands emerge from the town every time you turn around. In 2008, Plants and Animals were added to the list, on the strength of their debut album, Parc Avenue, which had rock scribes salivating and earned a nomination for the Polaris Prize (the Canadian version of the Mercury Prize). Two years later, follow-up album La La Land takes its name from what the band has described as a “vortex of confusion,” but the dizzying effect that the album’s disparate stylistic strains might incur is an altogether charming one. Being among Montreal’s cool kids, Plants and Animals hang out with folks like Arcade Fire, and tracks like “Game Shows” definitely offer the stately, string-laden beauty of a Neon Bible outtake, but that’s just one side of La La Land’s sonic polygon. For a trio that remains consistently unpretentious and accessible, Plants and Animals seem to have sucked up a fair amount of art rock influences somewhere along the way; “Fake It” gets downright proggy, with an instrumental section that could have come straight off a vintage Yes album, while the tremolo-soaked guitars and no-sudden-moves tempo of “Celebration” wouldn’t sound out of place segued into Pink Floyd’s “Echoes.” On other side of the coin, the synths and vocoders of “Future from the ‘80s,” the band’s homage to the futurist fetish of the titular era, might sound self-conscious in other hands, but there’s a genuine feeling of warmth amid those robotic vocals. If there’s a connecting thread running through the album, it’s the chunky, insistent guitar riffs that pop up repeatedly, from “American Idol” to “Jeans Jeans Jeans,” suggesting a childhood spent with ears glued to classic-rock radio, absorbing the likes of BTO, Neil Young, and the James Gang. Last time around, the bandmembers referred to that aspect of their sound as “post-classic rock,” though in interviews for La La Land, they declared it “barbecue rock” instead. Whatever you call it, that predilection for juicy hooks is a major part of what keeps this mercurial bunch solidly grounded. – James Allen

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