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Album Review

Heralded by many as the banner carriers of power pop for the 21st century, few bands have displayed such a mastery of pop songcraft on a debut release. Though not horribly adventurous with their sound, the unabashed reliance on sophisticated harmonic vocal arrangements, fuzzed out guitars, and occasional brass sections was seen as near revelatory in some critical circles. No doubt, the sweeping Big Star-inspired melodic progressions of tracks like "Shine" and "To See and Be Seen" more than deserved the accolades that The Subversive Sounds of Love garnered. When upping the tempo and volume on tracks like the galloping "Paid in Kind" or the punchy "Vertigogo," Frisbie can sound downright anthemic, though the more California-styled rock of "Disaster" probably fits their sound just as well. Still, it's hard to say that you ever get a real sense of the group dynamic that's at work in the process. And while that process delivers on an undeniably cohesive pop product, the personalities involved are never totally evident. An exception to this, the album closes with the theatrical whimsy of piano and banjo in "The Shuffle," proving the band can put a more pronounced face on their sound. Although artists like this emerge on a semi-frequent basis, and usually don't amount to very much in the long term, Frisbie gives hope to the power pop true believers.

Customer Reviews

Breath of Fresh Air

At first glance, Frisbie's 2000 album Subversive Sounds of Love looks to be just another entry like the cavalcade of recent alternative hipsters. Quite the opposite can be said about the Chicago based band. Frisbie's asset is the maturity in their songwriting, hitting to the core of human emotion while grabbing the listener with hooks that would make The Beatle's envious. Yes, I said The Beatles. The first song I listened to was Pollyanna, which was available as a soundbite on their website. Pollyanna takes us on a journey of discovery, as a man is trying to get the attention of the one he loves. Let's Get Started and Booksong are as good as any music being released today, as Frisbie has embraced Power Pop without going into the realm of sappy and over produced. The raw sound enveloped by Steve Frisbie's vocals make this album a must for the new millenium.


They rock.... all great songs!!!!

Frisbie Rocks!

This band is the best band from Chicago, PERIOD.

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