Vancouver’s Ladyhawk explode with the title track of their third full-length album. “No Can Do” is two and a half minutes of cheerful jangly pop music reminiscent of The Shins at their best. It kicks off a seven-song sequence of under-three-minute songs that are like sonic heat seekers burrowing deep within your ears. ‘Rub Me Wrong’ is garage-rock glory and a tip of the hat to Vancouver legends The Smugglers. And while it would be easy to say that ‘Evil Eye’ is the second coming of The Replacements, frankly I’d prefer to think of it as the sound of Ladyhawk coming into their own. No Can Do is loud and fuzzy in all the right places, with some delightful word play, and seven stellar fast-paced pop gems.
Unfortunately, it’s a ten song album bookended by three slow, plodding numbers. The first two, ‘Footprints’ and ‘I’m A Witch’ run indistinguishably together, creating eight minutes of second-hand Spacemen 3 riffs from which the album barely recovers. It’s much better to start three songs in on No Can Do and let things loose from there. Similarly, the album ends with ‘Eyes of Passion’, a spacey five minute jam best left for those nights when you are deep into your sonic bliss and already riding the little white fluffy clouds over oceans of distortion.