michael gallucci

REVIEW — NOUS NON PLUS: MENAGERIE

In Uncategorized on 01/23/2009 at 3:59 am

Nous Non Plus

Menagerie

(Aeronaut)



Nothing about Nous Non Plus is real. They’re from New York, but they play the part of chic Euro hipsters. Their songs are in French, even though only one of the six members speaks it. And we’re pretty sure Céline Dijon isn’t the singer’s real name. Even co-founder and producer Dan Crane is better known for his fakery, as air-guitar champion Björn Türoque. The band’s second album, Menagerie, occasionally offers some genuine pop music — especially opener “Loli,” a garage-rocker straight outta the ’60s they missed, and “French Teacher,” which pulsates with disco throbs and falsetto swoops. But too often Nous Non Plus’ smug, winking attitude toward the various genres they attempt — bubbly shag-jazz, bachelor-pad lounge, psychedelic carnival pop — comes off as artificial as their monikers. It’s like Stereolab without the chops. Or the legitimacy. — Michael Gallucci

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