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Editorial Review

WALK THE MOON
Album review: "Walk the Moon"
By Mark Jenkins
Friday, June 22, 2012

Walk the Moon’s self-titled second album could be labeled power-pop, synth-rock or neo-punk-funk. But a more apt term might be “MP3 rock.” This Cincinnati quartet’s recordings are so stuffed with sound that they verge on airless, and so amped that they seem loud at any volume.

Subtle it’s not, but “Walk the Moon” is brisk and catchy. And the band’s hyperbolic style suits singer-keyboard player Nicholas Petricca’s songs, which are mostly about youthful bravado and boyish lust. “I Can Lift a Car,” boasts one song title, while “Anna Sun,” the album’s highlight, promises “to rattle this ghost town.” The girl-crazy tunes include “Jenny,” “Lisa Baby” and “Next in Line,” in which “My eyes are on the road / But my mind is on your body.”

Such lines are juiced by Depeche Mode-like synth riffs, U2-style celestial-funk guitar and lots of falsetto. The choirboy harmonies of “Iscariot,” the album’s odd change-of-pace number, suggest a collaboration between the Beach Boys and Dirty Projectors. Petricca has listened widely, especially to Brits, so it’s probably no coincidence that the intro of “Anna Sun” echoes Underworld’s “Born Slippy.” More often than not, this Ohio band’s launchpad is somewhere near London.