Recording information: Clava And Engine Studios, Chicago, IL.
Though the lush, ornate, often-dreamy pop of the National Trust bears echoes of '70s soft-rock kings like ELO and 10cc (and the band earnestly cites Pablo Cruise as an influence), a quick perusal of the album credits reveal the work of a cabal of Chicago indie-rock hipsters, suggesting some hardcore postmodernism at work. A listen to DEKKAGAR (no, we don't know what it means either) tends to bear that out; no one will mistake any of these carefully crafted items for an actual Doobie Brothers nugget. But there's no wiseguy slumming going on here. A group like Air references Pink Floyd solely to make a point, but parts of DEKKAGAR recall the smooth flow of MEDDLE simply because that's what boils the National Trust's collective oil. Most importantly, the band knows hot to craft a hook; in pop music of any era, that's the major part of the battle.
Uncut (1/03, p.96) - Ranked #44 in Uncut's "100 Best Albums of the Year"
Mojo (Publisher) (5/02, p.108) - "Wide-eyed, naive and exploding with enthusiasm..."
NME (Magazine) (4/13/02, p.30) - 7 out of 10 - "...One of the least lo-fi records you will ever hear....DEKKAGAR sees the musicians reclaiming pop music..."
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