Popshaped a/k/a Tried and Tested Formula
Spring of 2005 saw the release of Popshaped a/k/a Tried and Tested Formula, filled with eighteen (yeah, life!) old and new songs. The back catalogue is deep and rewarding but the new stuff is, like many a companion animal, easy to love. With the exception of one song, all themes have gotten their due in previous songs but merit repetition: how we crush and how we love, ongoing influences by local and Canadian sources, the potential of representative democracy, the hazards of consumer society, and real heroes (e.g., Spiderman) over fake ones. The truly new thought here is getting even, which might involve leaving and might involve a more Dixie Chicks like outcome. Available from Fortuna Pop (U.K.) and Bitter Like the Bean (U.S.A.).