Record Review: Throw Me the Statue's 'Creaturesque'

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Friday, September 4, 2009



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For all the drama on Throw Me the Statue's "Creaturesque," singer Scott Reitherman seems surprisingly unruffled.

Reitherman's vocals are one of the Seattle band's defining characteristics. His cool delivery lets him share the spotlight with his band, which has fleshed out the songs with glockenspiels, keyboards and programmed beats.

The CD is Throw Me the Statue's second record but its first as a full-fledged band. The group specializes in understated pop, usually opting for subtler melodies over big hooks. One of the album's best tracks, "Noises," best embodies that style: a mid-tempo rocker with a relaxed but satisfying chorus.

Reitherman's music meshes well with his songwriting, even if the often cheery melodies seem incongruous with the lyrics' introspection. On their own, his intimate songs can sound like love letters or sighed confessions. "Shade for a Shadow," the most tender song, finds him at his most expressive. He sings, "Maybe us and the problems we got same as millionaires/You and I, we could go dancing/Better than find all our human errs."

It may seem heart-on-sleeve, but it works as a bit of grown-up pop.

-- Dan Miller

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