The Luyas | Too Beautiful To Work

Dead Oceans (2011)
By REYAN ALI  |  February 23, 2011
1.5 1.5 Stars

The tone and feel of this release suggests the Luyas are at a big party where they don't really know anyone. The indie-pop four-piece from Montreal are well dressed and clinging to a couch in the corner. They fidget a bit, making polite, quiet conversation with one another, trying to figure out how to meet someone new. A stranger walks up to chat. The Luyas have interesting anecdotes and ideas to discuss, but instead, they keep to themselves, breaking into a few near-smiles at most. Once that conversation ends, they slip out the back. The remaining partygoers have trouble remembering anything particular about them, but, hey, they seemed like nice people, and attractive as well. That's how Too Beautiful To Work works, idly floating by and perpetually hesitating to make any kind of statement. ("Cold Canada" is one of the few sonic ruptures.) The issues begin with the lone voice: Jessie Stein's childlike croon is too cutesy and innocuous to provide any gravitas. The Luyas do supply some exquisite instrumental ingredients - a French horn sent through pedals, an obscure zither-like contraption called the Moodswinger, and various electronic effects - but they have a tough time making anything memorable out of them. Timidity eventually renders their work tedious.
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