miss roboto -
all music guide
This album is quite a mix of sounds seeming
to call to mind the new wave/ electronic
movement of the '80s in almost equal measure
with progressive rock leanings and the
sounds of such people as David Bowie.
Reflecting that progressive rock element,
the arrangements here are quite full and
creative and the album is very powerful. It
is not your typical run-of-the-mill
progressive rock. Expect to hear sounds as
diverse as the aforementioned Bowie, Gary
Numan, Hawkwind, Nine Inch Nails, Rob
Zombie, and Pink Floyd. The group even
writes their own music for lyrics written by
Cole Porter on one piece. The most
frustrating part about reviewing this album
is that all of the material is so strong and
entertaining that it is virtually impossible
to pick one or two cuts over the rest.
~ Gary Hill, All Music Guide
(self-released) reviewed in issue #222,
Fluid, thick poppy rock music with utterly
brilliant hooks. Petland bops around on
bright beats and singing guitars, slinging
harmonies like they were peanuts at the
Almost Britpop in the way the folks mix up
styles and ideas into a peppy brio. And
please don't get the idea that all this is
utterly superficial. Just the opposite.
Petland's songs have so much depth that it's
hard to imagine how everything got crammed
into such an attractive shell.
Petland's biggest attribute is its multiple
lead singers. Male and female, and more than
two at that. The variety of voices adds yet
another layer to this intoxicating brew. And
the whole shebang is wrapped up in this cool
retro 80s techno sheen, a sharp, thick sound
that really presents these songs well.
Hard to find a weak point, really, except on
the commercial side. I dunno if the big boys
are looking for a band that sounds like
this. Which is too bad. This is great music,
stuff that with the proper push oughta be
able to break out big. It's pretty rare to
find this kind of quality in music so ready
for the masses. I'm dumbstruck.