Sometimes I’m overwhelmed by the amount of music I want to listen to. I have so little time to listen to it all that I enjoy being able to sit down and actually listen to an album to review. Unfortunately, Illusion, the debut album from Poor Moon, was not quite worth this devoted listening.
Fortunately, the five tracks are only sixteen minutes long. As the album begins, the connection to Fleet Foxes is apparent; the band is comprised of Fleet Foxes bassist Christian Wargo and keyboard/mandolin player Casey Wescott as well as brothers Ian and Peter Murray of The Christmas Cards. However, Poor Moon is missing something vital that Fleet Foxes offers – perhaps strong dynamics or harmonies. Without these elements, the songs don’t really go anywhere. You may still want to check out the whole album if you’re a Fleet Foxes fan, but only one of the tracks is really memorable, and that is “People In Her Mind.” This song’s electric guitar lead and catchy chorus make it stand out from the rest of the more monotonous acoustic songs on the album. Believe me, I have nothing against acoustic music, and I appreciate the pretty fingerpicking on some of these songs. But there is far prettier, far more interesting music out there, and I would rather spend my time listening to it than Illusion.