Album: Twilight (2001)
Bôa are a band that that got a raw deal; their North American debut, Twilight, came in a little too late to capitalize on its strong alternative/post grunge sound. Led by Jasmine and Steve Rodgers – the children of singer Paul Rodgers – Bôa excel in subdued alternative music with a slight eastern flair. Though Twilight was released in 2001, it’s mostly made up of previously released material from the 90’s that were unavailable in North America. For all intents and purposes, Twilight is a pre-packaged introduction to the band. In other territories, Bôa had a hit with “Duvet,” their finest moment, and received a little extra exposure from it being used as the intro to the anime Serial Experiments Lain. In fact, “Duvet” appears twice on the album: once as an opener, and again in acoustic form. Tactics like this always come off as a tad desperate, but the acoustic version is a nice foil.
Twilight’s best moments come when signer Jasmine Rodgers allows her voice to float with the music, instead of commanding and overpowering it; “Welcome” and “Drinking” being two prime examples of the formula working. Elsewhere, the Eastern European flair of “Anna Maria” falls flat and “Rain” is a fine example of a song brought down by overwrought and silly lyrics: “Suicide is rain in pain.” Indeed. Fortunately the stronger moments outweigh the weaker, but for the most part it’s difficult to hear anything except un-realized potential.
Check out the video for “Duvet” directly under this sentence.