Basket of Masks
These lovely and simple rock tunes, occasionally in French, seem lush by virtue of vocalist Guylaine Vivarat’s vocals alone–though her compatriot, James Greer of Guided by Voices, does sing a few, and Greg Ashley put his producer’s stamp all over the little drum flourishes here and there. It’s a solid, enjoyable trio of foolhardy fun-seekers–more competent than, say, the Godz, though perhaps less self-aware. If the Vaselines had decided they did not want to flaunt their sense of humor, they might have arrived here.
-D. M. Collins