Thailand?s ?Motorcade? incorporates many popular indie rock styles from roughly the past five years. The album seems very slick and ambitious and you can hear bits of lots of popular bands in here, but ultimately, what you don?t hear is a unique voice or interpretation from Thailand.
Talent wise, the band is not bad. They manage to sound pretty tight throughout and the music is decently arranged, however, the songs themselves all begin to sound the same. Also, I think at least two-thirds of the tracks begin with either a fade-in or quiet building up to loud. Really, this just made me feel impatient and I wondered when the hell songs were going to start. A slow build-up works once or twice on an album of short pop ditties such as this, but clearly there are other ways to begin a song.
Once they do actually get going, the songs on the disc seem to alternate between Franz Ferdinand and Strokes songs, all the while being backed up by Ladytron?s keyboards. Vocally, you wind up with another indie rock grab bag, as the singer does a mean impression of the vocalists from both Interpol and the New Pornographers (the dude, not Neko Case). Really, it?s nearly impossible to listen to this disc without thinking that you?ve heard the whole thing before. 2/10 -- Matt Blackall (10 April, 2007)