Six records into his career, Eric Elbogen (aka Say Hi) has just turned in his best album in an already respectably solid cannon. Oohs & Aahs is insanely catchy, from start to finish. Up until a couple of years ago, the band once known as Say Hi to Your Mom, used a home PC to record their lo-fi, indie pop albums.
Though still recording in Elbogenâ€™s home in Seattle, they have stepped up to a proper studio set up and the difference is clear. Though far from over polished, the songs just sound crisper. Elbogenâ€™s lyrics, thankfully, are still equal parts goofy and charming (â€œsheâ€™s got lips like a sofa when sheâ€™s strawing down a sodaâ€). Coming in at 10 tracks, like almost all preceding Say Hi album, Oohs & Aahs sticks around just long enough to keep you wanting more.
Top Track: â€œElouise,â€ Hallie and Henryâ€ and â€œOne, Twoâ€¦ Oneâ€
Rating: 9 out of 10
Say Hi â€“ Oohs & Aahs / CD / 2009 / Barsuk / 10 Tracks/ http://www.ilikesayhi.com