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  • Summary: The London duo of Galia Durant and Carim Clasmann--who have benefitted from recent American TV exposure--return with a second album of electronica and funny noises.
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  1. The Only Thing I Ever Wanted is a true album, a coherent trail of interlinked melody and domestic adventures.
  2. This combination of quirky sounds and suave production lands the disc in musical territory that feels at once both innovative and familiar; something like Beck, Björk, and Velvet Underground meeting in a lazy Rio cantina only to discover they've all been listening to Stereolab and Nouvelle Vague.
  3. For those of you familiar with the band’s debut, 2004’s Tiger, My Friend, I can make this simple: The Only Thing I Ever Wanted is just as good.
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    Their sophisticated studio treatments make every sound sparkle. [Aug 2006, p.84]
  5. Weird and wonderful. [May 2006, p.129]
  6. Beyond the novelty of their fragile arrangements, Psapp write solid, thoroughly accessible songs.
  7. Though the production is adventurous and innovative, the melodies and songs themselves can be a bit too similar to each other, with nearly every track finding a tasteful balance of playfully meandering melodies and plaintively wistful rhythms. [#14]

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  1. gman
    Jun 15, 2006
    Songs with 'little noises poking out' (as Psapp perfectly describe their own sound). Ignore any of the lukewarm reviews above (they are no doubt written by critics who consider The Kaiser Chiefs to be the height of musical innovation). Psapp sound something like the Young Marble Giants fed through a modern filter of Herbert, Lali Puna and Matmos and are quite brilliant. The songs (and little noises) on The Only Thing I Ever Wanted are at least as good as those on their previous album and another little 'pop' gem (or what pop would sound like in a world where the CD buying public weren't complete morons). Expand