You might call Portland, OR ensemble Pancake Breakfast a critic’s nightmare, due to the fact that they’re almost impossible to categorize, but then, that same indescribability it what makes their music so intriguing. Over the course of their dizzyingly eclectic self-titled album, this nine-piece band covers a lot of ground. There’s the Mexican-tinged mariachi-pop of “A Balloon in the Sky,” giddy playground chanting over junkyard percussion on “Hoot Hot Damn! I Got a Job of Work,” and slow-moving, stoner-rock slabs of thick, sludgy guitar leading into a Western cowboy vibe on “Jakebrake/Peterbilt,” and that’s just part of the story. By the time you’ve absorbed the dirty, ragged blues-rock thump of “Pea Green Boat,” the creepy, Tom Waits-meets-Calexico ballad “And the Cow Jumped Over the Moon, Pt. 2,” and the horn-punctuated soul-rock of opening track “The Ballad of Maynard Noe,” you’ll probably stop trying to put Pancake Breakfast into any kind of convenient pigeonhole and be willing to just enjoy a wild ride from a band whose only consistent aesthetic thread throughout their album seems to be an engaging quirkiness.
Fuente: LimeWire Music Blog