Poi Dog Pondering
7 (Platetectonic Music)
Now though, having spent the last couple of years digesting and taking cues from the Arcade Fire, the three original members (plus newcomers) offer a soul and groove-heavy seventh album. 7 wallows in lush string arrangements, horns and adult contemporary, middle-of-the-road rock.
Via the earthiness of Rusted Root and the sensibilities of Coldplay or U2 in its better moments, 7 alsooffers indie-striving droners ("Butterflies"), a faux Al Green crooner ("Baby Together"), Springsteen-esque angst ("Lemon Drop Man") and semiliterate offerings of midtempo twang that occasionally reach Poi's earnest yearning for Midwestern, button-down soul.