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CD REVIEW: The YoYo Contingency - Box Of Love
By Steve Allat - 01/09/2005 - 04:09 PM EST

Artist: The YoYo Contingency
Album: Box Of Love
CD Review: Label: Independent
Tracks: 8
Released: 2003
For Fans Of: Barenaked Ladies, They Might Be Giants, Fountains of Wayne, Peter Gabriel
Fav Tracks: Outside, Box of Love

Vocal harmony and a variety of instruments contribute to this shared project from two interesting musicians residing in two cities. Neil Campau of Chicago and Jack Sprauer of Detroit are The yo-yo Contingency, and it seems a fitting name as the music they create happens in a kind of roundabout way, while returning to home base ultimately, ending up on this CD.

The songs can be described as bizarrely serene and melodic. The lead vocals may remind you of a subdued David Byrne. Each one a nice little story with an interesting soundscape to go along, courtesy of the variety of instruments, nicely placed and never overdone.

They describe their own sound as 'dork-rock substance added to folk-rock essence and pop-rock naivete'. I can't disagree and would only add that the lyrics add to their interest due to their subtle off-beat style.

Although the music is mostly mellow and folky, there is enough happening so that you don't get too lulled in at any point, making the disc a fairly easy listen.

Contact: Neil Campau
Website: the Yo-Yo Contingency

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