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Pony Up! Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dim Mak
  • ASIN: B000F3AJPS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 545,344 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dance For Me
2. The Truth About Cats And Dogs (Is That They Die)
3. Possible Harm
4. The Best Offence
5. Only Feelgood
6. What's Free Is Yours
7. Ships
8. The First Waltz
9. Pastime Endeavour
10. Make, Model, #
11. Lines Bleed

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Class 6 Oct 2007
By Von Pip
Format:Audio CD
This is without doubt one of the most rewarding albums of the year, Joyful tunes with darker lyrics by a band who deserve a much wider audience.

it contains sublime pop, lyrical dexterity and moments of genius. I cant recommend this band highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ??? 16 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe no one has commented yet on this great Canadian band. I'll come back when I have something sensible to say, or until someone else makes a comment. In the meantime, I love Pony Up! This makes me feel a little dirty, as none of them look older than 14 years old. This adds to the mystery how such young people can produce such a strong developed album with a clear personality. One of my favourite albums, almost a perfect album (so rare these days). Buy the whole album, not just a few itunes tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 6 Oct 2007
By Von Pip
Format:Audio CD
This is without doubt one of the most rewarding albums of the year, Joyful tunes with darker lyrics by a band who deserve a much wider audience.

it contains sublime pop, lyrical dexterity and moments of genius. I cant recommend this band highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 18 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
sublime , brilliant album , my fave tracks , ships and truth about cat and dogs , just awesome. but every track is excellent especially when listened to as an album rather than individual tracks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two-Trick Ponies with Good Tricks 7 Nov 2006
By Anthony Vinciguerra - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The hits on this album come early and often. The first three songs have the most radio appeal or pop-like sound. The first song ("Dance for Me") is dark, voyeuristic, and oddly, it's almost a ballad. Despite being so unique, it's a song I can listen to over and over.

What the next two songs ("The Truth About Cats and Dogs" and "Possible Harm") have in common is fun keyboard work by Laura Wills that coincides perfectly with the vocals. It's almost impossible to listen to these songs without bouncing your head side to side ala Snoopy when he dances.

The other three songs that make this album worth buying are "The Best Offence," "What's Free Is Yours," and "Pastime Endeavour." Even though these three songs are mellower than "The Truth About Cats and Dogs" and "Possible Harm," they feature excellent guitar work by Sarah Moundroukas and sultry vocals.

One major criticism of this album is that most of the 11 songs on this album sound too similar. If you like "Dance for Me" and "The Truth About Cats and Dogs," (listen to the samples on Amazon), you'll love this album. If you don't, you'll hate this album. Be sure to listen to "Possible Harm," which is my favorite song on the album because it cohesively blends the two song types.

Another criticism is that five of the songs on this album seem to lack the effort and creativity with which the other six songs drip. They sound almost a cappella because the drums, guitar and bass are grayed out from being mixed down so much.

Despite these flaws, I do recommend this album. (I wish I could rate it 3.5 stars, because I was torn between 3 and 4.) This talented group of women from Montreal put together six enjoyable songs that I'm enjoying while I wait for Pony Up's next release, which I'm hoping will be a more complete album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Please enter a title for your review 7 April 2007
By pancake_repairman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The choice of The Truth... as the first promo track lowered my expectations for the album, but after exploring the rest of the record it seems like the only motivation for choosing that song is to appeal to bland Death Cab fankids, because the rest of the album has a lot more to offer. Lyrically Only Feelgood is one of the very few songs ever with something to actually say, something totally relevent and real that I've never heard of being addressed in any song, movie, or book before, talking about how an inability to shake someone's perspective of you as a victim after you've been through something bad is frustrating, and (i'm extrapolating here) can suggest to you that you shouldn't have recovered from whatever it was. "when you draw me, you draw me crying, because all you'll ever see is what you did" "why can't you believe that i only feel good". It's actually phrased poetically, with the drawing metaphor, rather than just impentrably cryptic, like what most lyricists think being poetic is about. The fact that the girl who wrote this also doesn't feel a need to take herself seriously all the time, as evidenced by a lot of other Pony Up lyrics, just emphasizes what a multi-dimensional genius she is. The lyrical idea of Only Feelgood also emphasizes the fact that there are so many new things to be said about social humanity that the vast majority of writers, even highly intelligent ones, aren't addressing because their perspectives are so narrowly focussed on talking about established things because they're unable to see any significant new angles.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sad, Smooth Yet Strangely Driven Debut Is Consistent To a Fault 6 Mar 2007
By Collin Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Yet another band hailing from the indie Holy Land of Montreal, Pony Up! is an all-female group that meets the pressure to produce a worthy debut with a degree of modesty and five level heads. They demonstrate right off the bat what eventually feels like an inevitable pop songwriting sensibility. As the cliché goes, first impressions will stick, and for Pony Up! the foremost distinction is the slick, borderline-adult-contemporary production that comfortably plops acoustic guitars and pianos into every track. But these instruments hardly wander, though they twinkle: if anything, the clever manipulation of keyboard timbre and use of guitar pedals (for short, repeated hooks) more strongly associates them with the likes of indie-pop acts like the Magnetic Fields or early New Pornographers. It's an irrevocably cute and popular technique for cementing a song's identity without bizarre shenanigans or a bias in the eternal struggle of production versus songwriting.

Still, I'd be lying if I pretended this what the most gripping aspect of the album. In fact, the cake has to go to the band's rhythm section. Bassist Lisa Smith and drummer Lindsay Willis essentially carve a bowl to hold the nectar of the indie-pop hooks. Their muscular, multidimensional sound is not particularly unique, but for this album it substantiates even the schmaltzier moments and prevents the band from the all-too-common fate of getting lost in its own preciousness. The momentum is particularly valuable when repeated listens reveal the identifying hooks are more theoretical than definite; more often than not, the time-tried method is tweaked and compensated in the name of their decidedly inoffensive and utterly smooth melodies. So, for example, the use of accordion on "Only Feelgood" ends up sounding so utterly appropriate in its background role that one simply can't anticipate a thrill on the level of the Arcade Fire's "Neighborhood #2 (Laika)." It's times like these that it's nice to have drums and bass in the mix to act as a sort of primal safety net.

This dichotomy is strangely apparent in the vocals as well, which are shared by all five women. There's obvious expected variation in tone and inflection betwixt them, but not obviously enough that many listeners could really distinguish them. Besides, they're united by the appeal of their conviction, though what makes it so magnetic is tough to describe. Certainly it's a far cry from the adorable innocence inherent in Joanna Newsom's voice, yet it's certainly not as unyieldingly harsh as Alanis Morissette's. Nor do weepiness and fragility consume the vocal roles in the spirit of countless others. The weave is a satisfying balance that is resolute without being isolating; like the instruments, the thin, emotional and pretty are the subject but the strength of the backbone prevents it all from collapsing into mush. It's the prevailing attitude that elevates the merely "pretty good" vocal tunes and lyrics ("I miss not knowing you so well") to a more poignant level.

It'd be misleading to say the album wanes in its latter half, because they apply the formula to relative success with very song. In fact, it makes for an album with a flow as smooth and easy as any single track within it. Some might describe it as "if it ain't broke don't fix it" and some would describe it as monotony. As usual, neither connotation accurately touches on the lingering bittersweet taste in the last few (inexorably forgettable) tracks. But at the end of the day, despite the steady decline, the album holds together as an honest collection of songs by a group that is musically adept enough to create the subtle complexity their thoughts and emotions deserve. It will be a tough act to follow, but as far as the debut's concerned the band's a solid addition to the community.
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated gem 3 Jun 2013
By J. Marcewicz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
All-girl group kinda sounds like Vancougar but with a less punk rock sound; more indie vibe going on here. Strong writing helps immensely. Very impressed.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Crawler stomped by a hoof 20 Feb 2007
By Jennifer Cole - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Despite people with more livid musical poppy tastes, ALL of the songs are uniquely wothwhile. It is not the incessant and mistakenly [similar] sound that mislabels the band for monotonous. Instead, you must hear them openly--it is the lyrics and emotion that get such amazing songs like "Ships" that make me wonder how any of it can be taken for granted. Every song is beautiful, and the album is one I can hold to my bosom and cherish with excitement at every listen. While the background music is subtle at times, it is still empowering and in grand alignment with the lead singer's convicting voice. The mood is invigorating, but plaintive as well. While the genre is a pseudo-pop, the band Pony Up! goes beyond a superficial level. Listen to let your heart understand-you can hurl your hurt away, and know you are a sanctuary of self.
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