This is a new talented Australian band which sounds very much like Crosby Stills and Nash, but which is also quite different. They have been very successful here in Australia, and rightly so. It is a truly easy album to listen to, and will appeal to a wide variety of tastes. I highly recommend it!
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With their debut, the Aussie band Taxiride tear through the paper-doll chain of boy bands with something that's more earthy than glossy. Part campfire harmonizers and part street-corner quartet, Taxiride combine their versatile talents to create pop songs that fall pleasantly betweenCrosby, Stills & Nashand theBackstreet Boys. The opening track, "Can You Feel," begins with a synth-affected didgeridoo intro that rolls into a rollicking sing-along reminiscent of CSN's "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," borrowing the song's hearty acoustic guitar and even the "do-do-doos." The waltzy "Let's Spend the Night" nods to Billy Joel's "Piano Man," while "Let Me Die Young" is a lovely candlelit serenade. Lyrically, the band teeters on a plank hanging above a sea of schmaltz, but their magnetic instrumentation (sitar, mandolin, and effective touches of electronica) keep them balanced. Possessing both classic-rock roots and pop-star appeal,Imaginateis one of those rare recordings that parents and progeny can listen to together.--Beth Massa