Quasi “American Gong”

Joanna Blome has joined the duo, but don’t expect that to mean more female singing. Sam Coomes rocks the mic on “American Gong.” The results are quite nice, although the melody is a lot less cheerful. The band has evolved plenty, even since albums such as “Hot Shit.”
We have a song with French in it, “Laissez les Bon Temps Rouller,” which makes me want to play Mille Borne. The soft organ keeps it going, and you’re no worse for the wear listening to this one.
“Bye Bye Blackbird” is less psychedelic than the others and gives you six minutes of pop sensibility. “The Jig Is Up” isn’t a jig at all, but it doesn’t make it any less fun.
Nothing too groundbreaking here, but it’s a fine example of the Portland sound. Quasi is still cool after all these years.

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