THE FREE PRESS - KINSTON, NC
cd reviews - February 2009
5 Stars Out Of 5
The Lost Patrol has been creating spooky, film-noir pop for quite
a while, and its new album may be the crown jewel in the group's catalog.
If you've never heard the band's music, imagine if David Lynch
directed "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," and Ennio Morricone
was the musical director for the film. To further the cinematic analogy,
the band's music is featured in the new film "Plan 9 from Syracuse."
While the band's songs feature a full spectrum of sound, there
is no massive band behind the music. Multi-instrumentalists Stephen Masucci
and Michael Williams create beautiful, spacey music that serves as a launching
pad for otherworldly vocalist Mollie Israel.
While MTV and FM airwaves are choking to death on the endless
stream of Britney Spears wannabes, Israel's prowess and originality put
her in a class with singers such as Shirley Manson, Adele and Regina Spektor.
You've often heard that some singers could sing the phone book and make
it sound good? Israel is that good.
The Lost Patrol has always created great albums, but with "Midnight
Matinee" the group seems to have upped its game. One listen to "On
the Run" or "Jukebox on the Moon" should have anyone with
a pulse hooked on this band within seconds.
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