Sunday, May 29, 2005

Frente - Shape

This was Frente's second and last album. I have a feeling the band had more artistic free rein in creating this one because the songs are a lot more different, darker lyrics, different emotion.

It has one of the most original songs I've ever heard, 'Horrible'. I was fascinated with this track because it's a bit of a tongue twister with a fast tempo. After some practice I'm happy to say I can actually sing along with this, it's not easy. I also like the song 'Jungle', probably the only feel-good tune in this album. It has a 60's feel and you will love Angie's voice with the volume on full blast.

Other tracks speak mostly about emotions, life, as if Angie is narrating events that took place with her friends. 'So Mad', 'Safe From You' (about a battered wife or girlfriend), 'The Destroyer', and What's Come Over Me (a song I think is about regret and losing oneself) are the notable ones in this CD.

The lyrics are very personal and still maintain the Frente style of cute but meaningful. Some of the songs are a bit weird, but that's what makes this band unique. Angie Hart would later form a new band called Splendid with her then-husband and she even has an online blog on the web. Recently I found out the two split up and broke up the new band. So I'm hoping she goes back to recording a new album, a solo would be great.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars * * *
Cool album though a bit weird.


roehl said...

now that i think about it, i've yet to see a frente video. which means i don't have a face for angie hart. must check yahoo music videos one of these days.

rob said...

Frente's video Labour of Love is available in Yahoo Launch. Angie Hart is rather plain-looking, but her voice is something else.