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Soft Pack


12" LP

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The Soft Pack present Strapped, an adventurous album that finds the Los Angeles-based foursome breaking with expectations and exploring the possibilities of how they can push their sound. The Soft Pack's pop rock foundations are undeniably still present nine of the songs don't break three minutes and from the first seconds of glorious album opener "Saratoga" it's obvious they haven't abandoned the fuzz.


The sound the Soft Pack forged on their self-titled debut album and in their work as the Muslims was so simple that it was inevitable that they'd branch out at some point. Strapped finds the band incorporating more elements -- particularly keyboards and saxophone -- into their music for a more polished and expansive sound. While the results are often nice, they're not always necessary; the contrast between Matt Lamkin's witty, somewhat insular thoughts and the band's spare, propulsive rock was a big part of their previous appeal. The sax adds some extra new wave sheen to "Second Look," and the band goes much farther afield on "Bobby Brown," where they dabble in sardonic synth pop that recalls the French Kicks' transformation from post-punkers to smooth pop purveyors. The Soft Pack are still at their best when they churn out surfy, surly musings backed by rapid-fire beats, as they do on "Saratoga," the 99-percent anthem "They Say," and the garage-psych of "Ray's Mistake" (complete with backwards guitar).

Additional Information

Artist Soft Pack
Track Listing 1 Saratoga - 2:36 2 Second Look - 2:48 3 They Say - 2:25 4 Tallboy - 2:56 5 Bobby Brown - 3:51 6 Chinatown - 2:45 7 Ray's Mistake - 2:54 8 Oxford Ave. - 2:04 9 Everything I Know - 2:37 10 Head On Ice - 2:04 11 Bound to Fall - 3:06 12 Captain Ace - 6:42

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