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Album Review

Intentional or not, Favez hit on an amazingly successful formula with A Sad Ride on the Line Again, even though most would probably recognize that formula as having already been perfected by Radiohead. Still, to pass Favez off as simple imitators would be altogether deceiving, as they appear to be overall less paranoid and tense than the aforementioned trendsetters. Lead singer Chris Wicky has a definite Thom Yorke quality in his voice, as evidenced by a similar range, phrasing, and control, though the band tends to stay in the realm of pristine dreamy pop. Their sound is certainly moody, though not exactly dark, tending to fall into a rather calm meter and never delivering on the emotional climaxes that might be expected. In fact, many of the tracks start out with rather simple acoustic guitar and build up with eerie chord progressions and foreboding world-weary lyrics. The tracks flow easily into each other, making a smartly concise and cohesive, though somewhat elusive, sound. As the history of rock is built upon the contributions of those who borrowed from the work of others, Favez does a fine job crafting a distinctive, if not altogether original sound.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The five piece of Favez originally played under the moniker of the Favez Disciples before shortening their name in 1997. Based out of Lausanne, Switzerland, vocalist Chris Wicky and company brought a brooding presence to their guitar-driven indie rock, as captured on their 1998 debut album, J'aime Beaucoup Ce Que Vous Faites. After recording their second album, A Sad Ride on the Line Again, in a church, Doghouse Records released Favez's third album, Gentlemen Start Your Engines in 2000. Enlisting...
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