Fingers Crossed (2004) Rarely have so many people come together to create something so modest. This Australian octet often seems more like a duo, laying half-whispered vocals over… 2004-04-06 Architecture in Helsinki
Music Review

Fingers Crossed (2004)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Apr 06, 2004; Lead Performance: Architecture in Helsinki

Rarely have so many people come together to create something so modest. This Australian octet often seems more like a duo, laying half-whispered vocals over simple, spare songs with no sharp edges and plenty of breathing room. It might not be the most efficient setup, but their debut album -- which recalls airy pop bands like Belle & Sebastian and the Pastels -- actually has more going on than a first listen suggests, with intricate arrangements that are somehow more interesting for being hard to hear.

Originally posted Apr 30, 2004 Published in issue #762-763 Apr 30, 2004 Order article reprints