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    [ Polvo ]


    Shapes

    The premise behind Toyotaís new advertisement campaign is based around the slogan, "What can you count on?" During the commercial, satisfied Toyota customers relay the message that, above all things, their most dependable possession is their Toyota car or truck.

    Although I am yet to have any difficulties with my Toyota automobile, my most dependable item or items are my Polvo Cdís. They simply cannot put out a disappointing record.

    The new 1997 release on Chicagoís Touch and Go Records might very well be my favorite to date. I love the sincerity and conciseness of ECLIPSE and the jarring surprises of EXPLODED DRAWINGS; or the flowing beauty of CORE-CRANE SECRET, but this new one...

    Maybe itís just the mood I have been in lately or something, but from the opening car engine sound, my neck hairs stand on end for all 11 songs. I get all tingly and giggly and moody and introspective. Simply put awesome.

    The difference with this record is the melancholy mood. Itís like each song takes me deeper into myself excluding those around me for the duration of the record.

    Shades has the subtleties that makes Polvo great and in the words of my roommate, the sections that just make you go, Ahhhh!. There are more on this record.

    I donít want to go through it song by song and give my interpretations of each track. Because you are going to get something completely different than I did anyway. But all I want to say is whether you are a Polvo fan or not this record is worth a chance.

    Plus just the fact that Bob Weston recorded it and they mention Steve Albini and Mitch Easter, of R.E.M and Letís Active fame, this record should be in your collection. Or be your collection.

    Written By: Geoff T.