(2008) Shangri-La

Katydids

... read moreWith a name like the Katydids and an album title like Shangri-La, you'd probably expect standard-issue jangle pop from this band -- until, that is, you listen closer and realize the title is taken from a song about a dying heroin addict. The song is called "The Boy Who's Never Found," and it opens...

36′:23″ 10 Songs

1
Katydids
The Boy Who's Never Found
4:21
2
Katydids
Almost And Nearly
3:50
3
Katydids
Slip Away
4:25
4
Katydids
Many Of My Friends
3:16
5
Katydids
Some Mysterious Sigh
4:01
6
Katydids
Seesaw
3:19
7
Katydids
Faith To Change
3:09
8
Katydids
Always
3:08
9
Katydids
Don't Think Twice
3:00
10
Katydids
What's The Matter Here?
3:54
Released 12 August 2008, 1991 Reprise Records, a label of Warner Records Inc., marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group company

Review

With a name like the Katydids and an album title like Shangri-La, you'd probably expect standard-issue jangle pop from this band -- until, that is, you listen closer and realize the title is taken from a song about a dying heroin addict. The song is called "The Boy Who's Never Found," and it opens the album with an unsettling melody and a dark lyrical undercurrent of anger at the waste of life it describes. Things lighten up after that, of course, and the balance of the album does indeed consist mostly of standard-issue jangle pop -- luscious confections like "Seesaw" and "Almost and Nearly." The Katydids may be a bit derivative (there's more than an echo of the Primitives here, for instance), but what's impressive about this group's sophomore effort is its ability to add a new edge to the tired guitar pop genre. Just when you think you're going to swoon with pleasure from the sweet harmonies and hook-filled choruses, you run into something more slippery and ambiguous, like the melody to "Slip Away." Very nice. ~ Rick Anderson