Author: Tim Gideon
10/26/2004 | Resonance | www.resonancemag.com | Album Review
Somber lyrics and piano dominate the sophomore effort from Son, Ambulance. The first two tracks mention teardrops, but Key's varied sound, equal parts October-era U2 and Elvis Costello, saves it from becoming a pity party. "House Guest" features singer Joe Knapp doing a believable Thom Yorke, followed by a superb Robert Smith impersonation on "Taxi Cab Drive" Knapp's vocal identity crisis entertains at the very least. He's occasionally special, as is the case with "Pleasure, Now" and the opener, "Paper Snowflakes." Guest vocalisst Jenna Morrison almost steasl the show with her brief turn on the enchanting "C Minor Interlude," but Key's true hero is producer A.J. Mogis, whose beats and arrangements turn the ordinary extraordinary and soehow make this eclectic collection a cohesive album.