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Album Review
II

II
by Paquin

Rating

Review Date
22nd October 2013
Reviewed by
Paul Larsen

Bigger, bolder and better. It would appear the art of crafting the successful sequel has been adopted whole-heartedly by Paquin front-man and songwriter, Tom Healy. In the time and space between 2011's first EP and it's numerically themed follow-up, II, (a trilogy of releases is planned) the band have grown in both number and ambition. Nowhere is this more obvious than just a few minutes in to opener 'Gunn'. Trace elements of that first outing clinging on for dear life as an all-encompassing wall of electro-pop dance beats and giant synths looks you in the face and dares you not to dance.

The 80's new wave extravaganza of 'Glass Houses' is next, conjuring visions of white Lamborghinis and neon before the more traditional rock guitar and drums are dusted off for the anthemic 'Quiet Heart'. Healy's expertise as an engineer and producer shines throughout the EP and is crucial in keeping the genre-busting joy ride from careering off the cliff. All told, this is some of the most fun you can squeeze into 18 minutes and bodes well for part three, which will surely up the ante again.


GUNN
GUNN, by Paquin
(2012)
http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/review/894/II.utr
Links
http://paquin.bandcamp.com/




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