Listen Up: Wednesday, July 09, 2003
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
American Analog Set

Promise of Love (Tiger Style Records)

By Brian Abrams

A crisp drum beat snaps forward, and keyboards shriek in trance-inducing repetition. Itís just the type of electro build-up expected from, say, Stereolab, right before the band bursts into a power-chord frenzy. Yet after about two minutes of high-note hypnosis (and as we anxiously await the sonic boom), American Analog Setís Promise of Love turns the corner on us. It slows down and softens up. A tambourine chimes in from left field, and keyboardist Lisa Roschmannís sedative whirrrrrs mark the beginning of a string of breezy ballads, perfect to lock and load in the c.d. player and dream. The sublime flows the whole way through this, the Austin quintetís fifth disc.

Not to worry, though, Andrew Kennyís whispery babe-magnet vocals bear no likeness to the pretty-boy, pop-rock pinup sound so popular at sorority mixers. His voice is both masculine and understated, and, with assistance from Mark Smithís muted percussion work, which includes spacey xylophone echoes on a couple of tracks, it indeed conjures visions of desire.

This AMANSET disc falls short in one respect, however ó length. Eight tracks, clocking in at 39 minutes, 19 seconds. Thatís barely enough time to wind down with a round of cocktails. Still, the sounds of American Analog Set will complement any c.d. collection, lady-killersí especially.


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