Why on earth would someone criticize a band for creating music that's so clearly constructed for the sole purpose of making the listener feel good? Ireland's Language of Flowers are indie popsters of the highest order, hell bent on rotting your teeth with tunes sweetened beyond reproach. Songs About You
is shaved to its lean necessities, using drums, guitars and female vocals in their basest functions, all to serve the singular goal of adding more pop to the rock. No one has reinvented the wheel here, but the wheel is probably as good as it's ever gonna get, right?
Singer Tara Simpson may not have the strongest voice in Ireland. Her approach is breathy and thin. However, there's an adorable vulnerability to Simpson's airy vocal attack that makes her infectious melodies stick in your gut long after the CD player has gone cold. On "If It's Not You", Simpson opens the song accompanied only by a simple drumbeat. These, too, find themselves so deep in the pocket during the opening verse that by the time the guitars fill in the middle with their jangly Smiths-style strumming, it sounds fuller than it probably should. "She's Gone Away" is another upbeat tune; this one is impossibly catchy and filled with far too many good vibes. Its simplicity and sense of possibility will make you want to go back to your senior prom. "Leaving" and "Summer's Been and Gone" break up the tempos with a slower, more introspective approach, and "Tara Mascara" finds Language of Flowers at the most experimental; they touch upon some vocal layering that might be considered psychedelic if it were on a different album. Song About You is unapologetically danceable and fun. For every Mars Volta album in your collection -- or for any album on your shelf that's full of impossible rhythms and ten minute songs of epic musical confusion -- you should own one Language of Flowers CD. This one.