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4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, lively, acoustic-meets-electronica pop, 10 Jan 2009
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Mr. Stuart Bruce "DonQuibeats" (Cardiff, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Camel's Back (Audio CD)
An interesting little album for anyone who, like me, hadn't heard of Psapp before.

The principle seems to be to take a decent songwriting approach, with acoustic guitars and a few other live instruments, with a female vocal that's full of character, then to embellish it in interesting ways with very subtle and well-thought out electronic production touches.

The result is a quirky album of lively pop songs that sounds quite Scandinavian in a way. If I had to criticise it, I'd say it was a little bit forgettable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their best yet, 23 Jan 2009
This review is from: The Camel's Back (Audio CD)
If you're new to Psapp then I'd recommend it to anyone who's a fan of folky (think Jose Gonzales, Tunng or Camera Obscura) or electronic (Postal Service, Junior Boys or Zero 7) music. It's sweet, innocent, lovely stuff; and an earlier track was picked up by hit US show Grey's Anatomy as the theme tune. Unfortunately whereas that show catapaulted the rubbish Snow Patrol into stardom, Psapp still aren't where they deserve to be.
If you're not new to Psapp - then I'd say definitely buy this as it's their best album yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Psapp where have you been!, 29 Oct 2008
This review is from: The Camel's Back (Audio CD)
This is perfect pop with a sparkle and a wiggle, a great album, I'm not good with words tho so here's a review that says what I think from those chaps at Boomkat who have the Vinyl version of the album...

"Having reached their third album, Psapp have finely honed their chops as writers of pop songs. Galia Durant and Carim Clasmann seem to make less of a feature of the electronica jiggery-pokery of their early work on The Camel's Back, instead favouring an emphasis on a more organic approach to composition. 'I Want That', although not without the odd laptop flourish, is predominantly concerned with getting those catchy hooks in order before any of the production elements can come to the fore. Next up, 'Part Like Waves' focuses on a string arrangement that brings to mind Sufjan Stevens or even Stereolab, showing that there's more to these two than some flashy production and a few whimsical verses here and there. 'The Monster Song' turns out to be a highlight, probably representing the summit of the duo's achievements as writers in a conventional sense. It's the sort of thing that suggests there's breakthrough potential in the band, something that might build upon their success as TV theme tune stars (they've won industry awards for their contribution to the Grey's Anatomy titles). A highly entertaining album and an evolutionary step in the right direction for the Psapp sound."

Boomkat
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