Floating Opera

Pony Up A Go-Go

From Aiding and Abetting, Issue 319

Richard Rebarber and Charles Lieurance have been writing blissful pop songs for ages--I reviewed the first Floating Opera CD way back in 1997. The music has become a bit more muscular in the years since, but the commitment to clever lyrics and even more clever music has remained strong.

Many Floating Opera songs have a chamber music quality to them. Not just because of the strings and horns and such, but more because of their structure. These pieces generally don't follow traditional pop form; rather, they're much more formalized. Imagine art songs that are actually catchy.

Do you have any idea how hard that is to accomplish? I've never heard anyone do it this well, and it takes Lieurance and Rebarber years to complete each album. Patience and a demanding rigor to craft have produced yet another stunning album.

I was thrilled to find this album in my mail, and I wasn't disappointed. My initial feeling is that this is the strongest Floating Opera album to date, but it'll take a couple years of listening to be sure. By then, Rebarber and Lieurance ought to be about ready to start thinking about a new album. When the results are this satisfying, the boys can take all the time they want.