Incident at the Metropolis in 2006. Challenging orchestral pop with some downright sublime moments. Check out my critique for a venerable indie rock publication, contemporary to Incident's release below.
debut, Incident at the Metropolis is not only one of the swankiest and
most well manicured pop albums to come down the pike in a dog’s age, it’s also
one of the most curiously enjoyable as well.
I say “curiously” in the most charitable sense possible, in that
an initial listen to pretty much anything here is likely to conjure up instant
comparisons to ‘70s/’80s soft-pop. I
suppose it doesn’t help dodging that comparison when you commence your album
with a pair of tracks that smack distinctly of Gaucho-era Steely
Dan. There’s no debating it. The better half of Incident basks in a
sheik, cocktail lounge-endowed glow, but with posh arrangements a la
orch-popsters The Heavy Blinkers, and some occasional Rundgren-esque inclinations,
this L.A. quartet, whom would likely have been passed off as merely
“conventional,” say 20 years ago, is anything but – so long as you’re willing
to invest the time to let these nine sumptuous songs sink in.
PS: I'm also tacking on three demos that were offered on the band's now defunct website.
02. North American Laundromat
03. Valuable Feelings
04. Monument Today
05. 2 Days After
06. People Need to Know
07. Start From Nothing
09. Popular Summer