As a rock band that walks a fine line between radio-friendly
accessibility and sonic experimentation,
they bring to mind a combination of Toad
The Wet Sprocket, The Notwist, Radiohead, Elliott Smith,
and all that was great about mid-nineties modern rock.
cystsfts.blogspot.com, July 05, 2006
...insomniacs predisposed to late-night headphone
reveries will want to stick it out for the sleep-encrusted coda
of Beatrice, which ushers Airshow through the closing credits like a gorgeous,
Vaseline-smeared sunrise in reverse.
Myke Weiskop, Edge, June 15, 2006
(Daysucker) is the best song on Airshow, and it
shows how far they've come: sort of like the Beatles' "Day Tripper"
refracted through a series of bloodied and broken mirrors, it's got a
classic melancholic melody that crackles through
Notwisty electro-glitch pulses, chillout channel sweeps, and last-piano-in-the-universe
Boston Phoenix, June 2, 2006
Francine, the Boston quintet led by singer / songwriter Clayton Scoble
(ex-Poundcake), have downshifted their sound
from the spit-shined power pop that defined it around the turn of the
century. They’ve become purveyors of chilling
spectral pop. Now things operate by cautious design, in incandescent streaks
of painted movement.
Flares of guitar echo and manipulated tape, a rhythm section caught in
self-sustaining Pavlovian flux. The chime of steel
strings and clench of bass frequencies caught in a gentle spin cycle.
Airshow, the band’s third LP, details the fruits of this
gradual transition with a photographic kind of proof, its cumulative effect
dreamlike and disorienting.
Zeth Lundy, PopMatters, June 13, 2006
It would be easy to brand Francine with the dreaded
"literate" tag, but the group's so unassuming, they hardly sound
like poets in need of attention. That style makes it not only forgivable,
but actually charming when Scoble later sings
with a wink, "Don't make me rhyme you-know-what with 'desire.'"
The joke works even as we wonder
if "Beware Beatrice" is a meant to be read as a song of love,
seduction, or farewell. Scoble's talent is obscuring the final
reading of his texts, but his better talent
is in not obscuring his songs so far that they become unrelatable.
With Airshow, Francine have created an album that's much better than it's
likely to get credit for being.
Growers, these days, tend to be weird or folky or both, not ostensibly
straightforward pop-rock that makes
you think you know what's going on. It's hard to imagine Francine being
bothered by that, though. After all, this is the
sort of band that would rather write an ode to forgotten TV secret agent
John Drake than big screen franchise man
Justin Cober-Lake, Stylusmagazine, June 16, 2006