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Oh Me of Little Faith
by Melissa Mueller
“Power pop” is a genre thrown around so frequently and it seems more and more bands are adopting this type of sound. The Plus Ones' latest record, Oh Me of Little Faith, is certainly no exception.
Hailing from Berkeley, CA, the band includes former members of Mr. T Experience and Pansy Division. But unlike the punk influence of the Mr. T Experience where he played bass, lead singer Joel Reader and his band seem more akin to upbeat and radio-friendly tunes.
Oh Me of Little Faith, however, lacks the infectious songs like “All the Boys” and “I Stand Corrected” that made previous record, It’s a Calling, stand out. The band is notorious for repetitive lyrics (“I’ll admit I’m flattered that you’re always at the show/always at the show/always at the show” Reader sings on “All the Boys” from It’s a Calling) and this record has the same kicks (“It’s taking shape now/there’s no escape now/just roll the tape now”).
The band seems to throw around a lot of seemingly meaningless and vague rhymes throughout their album, evidenced by “A Month of Sundays.” Lyrics like, “We started strong/but it all wrong” and “Suffice to say/we’ve gone astray” seem to be trying to tell the listener a story, but fall short of the message they are trying to get across.
The record takes a slightly more serious turn (but not much) with “Suicide Pact (You First).” Although the guitars and drums are still upbeat, the tone is decidedly darker than the rest of the album. “If you could end it/you’d certainly be taking a stand,” Reader sings, but doesn’t seem to be frowning upon suicide when he says, “You told your world you’d be leaving, but you’re still here and you’re breathing.”
Reader has said that one of his goals for the band was to create the catchiest pop songs he could, and Oh Me of Little Faith is proof that the band has the perfect balance of eager pop riffs and positive harmonies. While lacking lyrically, the band indeed has a catchy sound that fans of Jets to Brazil or Red Hot Valentines could appreciate.
Without any strong, standout song to anchor the record, Oh Me of Little Faith is bound to be another “postmodern pop” record that will become an underground favorite.