The only album by the Danish band the Floor is heavily derivative of 1967 British pop-psychedelia, to the point where most knowledgeable listeners would simply assume the musicians were British if not informed otherwise. There are observational story-songs; upbeat pop/rockers with a mild vaudevillian/music hall bounce, … la some of the work from the period by the Beatles and the Kinks; Baroque-classical-tinged strings; some flower-power-tinged lyrics; and an eclecticism that runs from relatively straight rock to self-consciously arty compositions. It might not be the most original piece of work, in the quite literal as well as musical sense, since none of the songs were written by the band, unless some of the songwriting credits were pseudonymous. But it's nonetheless decent, tuneful material with some attractive vocal harmonies, and more varied than many such records from the time. Some of the tracks are forgettable, yet others are a fair ways above average, including the delicately folky "Hush," which has a beguiling winding melody, and "Thinking Mr. Jones," whose "I'm Only Sleeping"-like backward guitar features prominently in a tale of domestic infidelity that's very English in its gentility. "A Rainbow Around Us" rocks harder than most of the album, and is one of its highlights, with its mixture of sunny pop harmonies and well-oiled British Invasion/folk-rock-influenced jangling guitar. ~ Richie Unterberger
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