Become the Soft Lightes When he sings "Everybody needs a shirt," Ron Fountenberry could just be waxing ironic or edgy in a "Vice" magazine-reading hipster kind of way. After… Become the Soft Lightes When he sings "Everybody needs a shirt," Ron Fountenberry could just be waxing ironic or edgy in a "Vice" magazine-reading hipster kind of way. After… 2003-10-21 The Incredible Moses Leroy Rock
Review

Become The Soft Lightes (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Oct 21, 2003; Lead Performance: The Incredible Moses Leroy; Genre: Rock

When he sings ''Everybody needs a shirt,'' Ron Fountenberry could just be waxing ironic or edgy in a ''Vice'' magazine-reading hipster kind of way. After all, he did recruit proto-smirker Beck's drummer Joey Waronker to produce BECOME THE SOFT LIGHTES (Ultimatum), the second full-length by his band THE INCREDIBLE MOSES LEROY. And Miho Hatori, ever the fallback vocalist of snarky fringer Dan the Automator, does make a guest appearance. But if Fountenberry is funning, you can't tell from the wistful, unadorned way in which he pines over past loves. In fact, there isn't a single discernible crack in Fountenberry's precious poker face, even as he croons sugary sentiments such as ''It's like starry warm nights, kittens with mittens.'' What's more, like fellow mellow singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche, he makes this sweet pap palatable with subtle keys and acoustics, and enough uptempo drum-machine action to keep your head nodding even as your teeth are rotting.

Originally posted Oct 31, 2003 Published in issue #735 Oct 31, 2003 Order article reprints