On album number nine, this Dutch indie band returns to its
roots, eschewing the tortured adult-rock of 2000’s Private Suit and the wonderful pop/dance fusion of 2002’s Log 22.
As such, if you’re a fan of their more sophisticated side, you lose out
this time but for anyone who cherishes their simple rock rush, that’s a lot to
Singer Carol Van Dyk still commands a suave-but-take-no-bullshit
voice in the mode of Chrissie Hynde, and her co-writing partner Peter Visser
juices things up nicely with stomping guitar riffs, especially buoying on
soaring songs like “Semaphore” and the title track. Things don’t let up into ballad territory
until the fourth song (“Mossie”) and even that turns into crunching
rock soon. Only the overly long droning
intro to the “Calling” breaks the mood of an otherwise solid album.
Still, you have to wonder when Van Dyk and Visser will pursue
their adventurous spirit again in their music. When they do, they’ll surely
give Rilo Kiley a run for their money.
Standout Tracks: “The Pharmacy,” “Semaphore” JASON GROSS