Saturday, 22 September 2007


(Scratchie/New Line Records, September 25, 2007)

1. Oh My
2. If you Don't know by Now
3. The Ritz
4. Company Calls
5. Wound Up
6. The Big Band Jump!
7. Plus Minus Fairytale
8. Paralyzed Prince
9. Had a Visit
10. Q&A
11. Dominoes
12. Possibilities
13. Suburban Perfume

"Pop culture, interpersonal relationships, city life and even social and office dynamics permeate the lyrics in A Night at the Ritz, the debut album of one of Chicago's popular bands, Office. The group's creator, producer and lead singer, Scott Masson, creatively comments on contemporary life through his sharp and quirky vocals.

The title track, “The Ritz," is my favorite lyrically - as it cuttingly observes pop culture and today's social scene with a memorable chorus. The cynical "Had a Visit" changes the melodic pace with hard-hitting guitar lines. In contrast to the above songs, the innocent acoustic "Suburban Perfume," reminiscent of 1960's folk rock, nostalgically flashes back to the singer's childhood in 1984."

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