Either one of the best or one of the worst band names ever. This Australian band are more of a muiscal ensemble and have at their core David Bridie and Helen Mountfort. I've no idea how well known they are in the this country all I know is whenever I talk about them I'm met with blank looks and a difficulty in getting the conversation past the name. I'm not sure how I got introduced to them. I bought "Review" which is a 1997 compilation of their first 3 lps and since then I've bought their two most recent lps "Curious" from 2003 and "Home Improvements" from 2006.
They are not a traditional band in the sense of guitar bass and drums, instead using a wide variety of mainly acoustic instruments. Their style shifts from mournful ballads, sing along pop songs to cinematic and atmospheric instrumentals (and a unique sounding cover of Magazine's Song From Under the Floorboards).
The songs range from the personal to the observational, often feeling more like a book of short stories set to music rather than a pop lp. They do defy categorisation but if you like what you've heard in Miracle Mile Monday, the softer moments of early Deacon Blue or the new pop folk bands (eg Noah and the Whale , Mumford and Sons, Stornoway, etc) then give them a go.
I've posted 4 songs "I've got a Plan" and "Home Improvements" are as straight forward pop as they get, whereas the other 2 show the more atmospheric side. "The Gossip" especially uses simple piano chords to suck you into the stifling world of living in a small town (always reminds me of where I grew up)
You can buy "Home Improvements" or a best of called "Parade" here
You can get the rest of the lps or download some b sides here at the band's website
David Bridie has also released a couple of solo lps that have a more electronic, sampled feel although share with his band a peerless sense of atmosphere