The album was recorded over a period of four years by various musicians in Vancouver, Canada, all of whom had other, supposedly more stable gigs. Fortunately, the irreverence that made their debut so appealing has not been neutralized by a more efficient production schedule. Centered mainly on the songwriting of Carl Newman from the power pop band Zumpano, the album bristles with fresh melodic ideas and quirky arrangements that do more inventive things with four-part harmonies and keyboard-guitar interplay than anything since Todd Rundgren left the Nazz. The first cut opens with a Ventures-like drum-and-guitar break, building a huge head of steam that propels the group through 45 minutes and 13 songs without taking a breath.
Blaine Thurier "Low Self-Esteem Girl"Carl Newman Zumpano, SuperconductorDan Bejar DestroyerJohn Collins The Evaporators, Thee Goblinsand Kurt Dahle Limblifter - along with Neko Case on selected lead and accompaniment - present this: an epic, baroque masterpiece of such hyperbolic grandeur that if it were a painting, one would not be able to stop studying it lest a vital detail be overlooked
Mass Romantic snuck out into an unsuspecting world on Oct. And the world yawned. Here was a debut released on a small Canadian label called Mint Records, from a gang out of Vancouver, B.
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