Sound: The loopy electronics and soulful vocals of TV On the Radio meets the grandiose dramatics of The Wall-era Pink Floyd meets the tribal/spiritual atmosphere of Peter Gabriel. Menomena’s experimental rock is a scattered array of unlikely elements that magically coalesce into tangible pop-ish songs.
Notable Instruments: Shimmering and/or pounding piano, honking sax, twinkling glockenspiel, swirling organ…and more
Heavy Rotation tracks: “The Pelican”; “Weird”; “Muscle ‘N’ Flo”; “Boyscout’n”
Medium Rotation tracks: The rest
Explicit Lyrics*: none
Recommended: Friend and Foe is a transcendent mix of creativity and avant-garde ambition that’s quite accessible to those who like their music reined in to 2-5 minute packages. Menomema have truly expanded the possibilities of modern music.
Grade: A (Top 20 Albums of 2007 Candidate)
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* Noting of explicit lyrics is for the benefit of radio music directors or anyone else that needs/wants to keep their music FCC-friendly.