Land and Sea
Reviewed by Jeremy Russell
Saturday, May 29 1999, 3:31 PM
The Crabs fourth full-length album, Land and Sea, is a pretty bit of pop punk made gorgeous ear candy through excellent layering and harmonics. However, ultimately it seems a glorious exultation of nothing special. Some of the songs demand to be listened to more than once. Some even demand to be hummed. But none deign to do more.
The second song on the album, "Market Size," is fairly representative of the feeling of the rest disc. The lyrics range from silly -- "It's elementary, but I don't go to school" -- to sad and meaningful: "And it's incredible/That you'd sell your soul and still not have it all." The Doors-style organ is a bit of a detriment, giving the sound of a slowed-down Inspiral Carpets, circa 'This is how it feels to be lonely.' Gradually the pleasing guitar hum won me over, however. And when the song ended, I realized I'd been taping my feet and I thought, well, that was nice.
Unfortunately, by the third time around I knew I wouldn't be sticking this one in my disk changer much. Nevertheless, listening to the Portland trio had been pleasant. They are talented enough musicians and crooners as to make every first moment worthwhile. Land and Sea, offers some tasty bubble-gum pop, but loses its flavor on the bedpost overnight.
Land and Sea is a K Records release