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High Ball Me

Moose

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Album Review

How can bands as excellent as Moose get passed over? High Ball Me was on the shelf for no less than a couple years before finding a label to release it, with four years passing since their last full-length. And guess what? It's another dazzling, fearless pop record. Following a mood-setting curveball intro, the driving "I Can't Get Enough of You" is the most straight-ahead thing they've done to date. Not simple by any means and still certifiably Moose, chase-scene bongos and an almost Bob Mould-like guitar line carry along, with a spaghetti western/Dick Dale-style second guitar to offset it. There are enough neat production flourishes to provide newly discovered nuances after many plays: handclaps here, a violin there, a well-placed shading of synth every now and then. The rich, soothing voice of Russell Yates is the icing on the cake, like Guy Chadwick without the bitterness. Yates and K.J. McKillop have reached dizzied heights as a songwriting duo here, stringing together a varied deck that hangs together as their easiest flowing 40 minutes. The country influences appear to be phased out in favor of more nods to the likes of Hazlewood and Nilsson, but Moose is smart enough to not be too obvious about it. Nurse Ratched's droll intonation of "medication time" at the onset of the record's intro is fitting — High Ball Me is sweeter than a teaspoon of orange Triaminic. It's truly a backwards time in music when golden records like this have difficulty finding a way to be released.

Customer Reviews

It's criminal that this band isn't better known

This band went it's own, idiosyncratic way during the 90's, selling approximately 0 records but impressing anyone who took the time to listen. I love the sound of this record -- in some mystery land somewhere between dreampop and late 60's / early 70's pop. Several songs on this album stand among the band's best -- "Keeping Up With You", "Won't Look For Love", but the standout (IMO) is the beautiful, soaring, majestic "The Only Man In Town", which easily ranks among my favorite songs of the last 10 years. Essential.

Message for I tunes!

Even though I love Moose, and I am surprised you have such an underrated band on I tunes, However if you have albums from Moose, Howcome you have nothing from Blancmange?

i cant get enough of this glittering psypop!

i cant get that song out of my head.it plays over and over...i just cant get enough of you......................

Biography

Formed: 1990

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Not so much underrated as unheard, Moose grew up in Britain's distortion-heavy shoegazing movement of the early '90s but soon shed the fuzzy wash of their compatriots to embrace a clean, acoustic-based style — inspired by '60s icons Burt Bacharach and Tim Buckley as well as jangle merchants like the Byrds and R.E.M. — that still relied on the intense guitar effects which characterized the band's early works. Moose was formed in early 1990 by the songwriting team of Kevin (K.J.) McKillop...
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