[Album Review] Thomas D'arcy- Fooled You Twice
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Release Date: March 3rd, 2015
Label: Maple Music Recordings

Fooled You Twice, is the tongue-in-cheek title for the 2nd (solo) album of Thomas D’Arcy.  Despite only one predecessor LP, D’Arcy is already widely known in the Canadian music scene.  He was a founding member of the 90s band, The Carnations, and frequented within affluent musical circles ever since, and in 2011 started his own recording label (Thomas D’Arcy Music).  He has been altruistically hyped by other well-known Canada song-dudes like Joel Plaskett and Hot Hot Heat frontman Steve Bays, so we know D’Arcy is no shot in the dark.  He’s pretty darn legit at that.

Fooled You Twice is chalked full of energy and strong musical hooks.  It’s well produced, easy to grasp, and predictable.  The lyrics and content don’t strive to be too poetic or deep, but they are relatable all the same, and still have their quirky moments that make you listen just a tad harder.  Verse/chorus/bridges all playing out in spots one might expect, these songs are clean pop ballads with not a whole lot of surprise or variety, but their catch is they’re really catchy! I did not anticipate the ability of this music to get stuck on repeat in my head. 

A few tunes that stood out from the crowd, just a lil’ bit were “Get it From Me”, a song built upon three repeating chords that despite their simplicity still induce a decent amount of wonder.  “Get it From Me” sort of sounds like it could have been made in the time and place of a late Beatles record.  It has that vintage British-pop feel, with just the slightest nuance of psychedelic innuendo. 

Another diddy, “Right In Front of Your Face”, is just that.  It wastes no time for buildup, diving into a fresh burst of a bold, slidey keyboard synth, and fast-paced, yet extremely tidy percussion.  D’Arcy’s vocals revolve in cheeky poetic tangents, exploring the idea of losing ones mind, but in a way that’s fun, you know, danceable.

Yes, these songs are sweet, even in their most minimal and raw moments, and I think the quality of D’Arcy’s voice really well suited to this kind of music.  What I appreciate about D’Arcy is his true frontman-ness.  Songs like these which are basic to the core, require a bold and quirky delivery to make them pop.  There is no musical complications, no embellishments to hide behind, and that requires fearlessness in delivery.  There is a characterization and attitude in the performance of these songs, and I suspect these pieces would promise a high-energy and memorable live show. 

Talk to me a week from now, and I bet despite my lack of enthusiasm for this album, I will be going slightly bonkers from the fact that they are still reeling through my head, so maybe there is something to that.  It is what song-writers strive for after all, to not be forgotten.