HUMAN HIGHWAY Moody Motorcycle (Secret City) Rating: NNN
Although it's not on the just-announced shortlist for the 2008 Polaris Prize, Human Highway's Moody Motorcycle is already a leading contender for next year's award. A band involving both Jim Guthrie and Nick Thorburn of Islands notoriety releasing a record on Secret City, the Montreal label critics adore. How could it miss?
Not that the music on Moody Motorcycle is terribly exciting or strikingly innovative, but it's just the sort of gently strummed, sweetly harmonized and vaguely familiar-sounding pop music replete with quirky lyrical turns that is designed to make indie-rock-obsessed music hacks swoon. And they will.