There’s a common belief that most bands have a sophomore slump, but Canada’s Two Hours Traffic was an exception to that rule with 2007’s terrific, “Little Jabs.” Now they are ready for their follow-up, “Territory.”
The new album is pretty true to the band’s style, sunny pop with a hint of Americana for good measure. Sort of like Nick Lowe’s “And So It Goes” period, or 1970s AM without the corny parts. Witty lyrics, catchy hooks, and happy vocals characterize every track, not a weak one in the bunch. Nice and gentle. Don’t hold it against them that their songs have been used on Gossip Girl, The OC , and One Tree Hill. They gotta eat, right?