Pay the piper
I've been listening to the Pillows' PIED PIPER a lot this week. You have to understand... when this album was first released last summer, I was mired in a pretty severe case of Pillows burnout. I love the band, but they have released a new album like clockwork almost every year since 1997. And their last three, while solid, had been so similar to one another that, well, I guess I just felt like I didn't need another one. So when PIED PIPER finally rolled around... I completely skipped over it.
A mistake, as it turns out, because it's the Pillow's best work in years. It's no more a departure from band's standard Pixies-esque rock stylings than any of their other last several albums, but this time around, the songs are all a little bit catchier, a little bit more ambitious, and a lot more interesting. I'm particularly fond of Tokyo Zombie, a brief but multi-part instrumental track in the middle of the album, but there's plenty of other fun stuff on there. If you're a fan of the band, it's definitely worth checking out... and if you've never heard of them before, it's a pretty solid introduction to their work.
- Sam Logan