Monday, April 09, 2012

Plants and Animals: The End of That

"It’s rare to find classic-rock tinged jams with so much swagger and juice that still have a sense of humor (not so much as to be a gag) and real artistry to the lyrics. 'The moral of the story almost always ruins every word in it,' goes one line on the new record by Plants and Animals, a talented and eclectic Canadian band. They’re sometimes described as 'post-classic-rock,' which is a hilarious genre designation -- I’m not exactly sure what it means, but if it has something to do with having moved past the punk and grunge rejection of classic rock’s excess back to a more aloof place where one can enjoy the big pleasures of classic rock without exactly buying into all the pretense -- then that sounds about right. Plants and Animals bring to mind bands like Spoon, who balance the large gestures of rock showmanship with a kind of sober minimalist groove. And these guys know how to deploy some handclaps, too" (John Adamian, "CD of the Week," New Haven Advocate, 2/23/12).

View catalog record here!