Track Review: The Pathological Lovers — “Sister Cities”
From They’re Playing Our Chord (2008)
St. John’s, NL
Alison Corbett: Advance! No, wait! Retreat! Dynamic tension and textural layering abounds! Melodic guitar riffs and tasteful drumming keep the ear interested and Jody’s vocals are nothing less than pure. Lyrically, the repetition motif borders on monotonous: what translates well in a live show makes the recorded version sound slightly forced. Definitely worth a listen if you appreciate token rock n’ roll “oohs.” After all, it’s the part that everyone knows the words to.
Mark Bennett: Heartfelt indie music—what else can I say? The lyrics are consistently written and they suggest the usual “sway with a beer in your hand at the bar” moments. I love these guys live and I wish they could have captured more of that energy on this track.
Tom Power: It’s hard to think of another band that can make such an impacting piece of music out of two chords… Okay, so there are a few other chords in there. Through these minimal harmonic shifts, however, Jody’s earnest, beautiful lyrics shine through and give the listener a chance to listen without distraction. A great, great cut.