Photo from University of North Carolina women's annual Pine Needles, 1920
Maryland indie-pop band Page France set off a lot of "Twee Alert" alarm bells - Strike 1: adenoidal vocals! Strike 2: nursery rhyme lyrics about cute animals! Strike 3: glockenspiel everywhere! And yet, I'll tolerate a lot of tweeness if the hooks are good. And Page France knew their way around a good pop melody (before they went on extended hiatus in 2007, anyway.) The almost-title-track from 2007's ...and the Family Telephone couldn't be simpler (or more glockenspectacular!) but I find it surprisingly ingratiating. "Here's the Telephone"'s second section, where frontman gives his nasal passages a rest so that Whitney McGraw can sing a slower, more whistful outro, is particularly nice.
I'll be back Monday, so tune in then for longer but just as poorly written write-ups (I can't call them reviews with a straight face) of albums that everyone has already bought.
"Here's the Telephone" by Page France