Sleeping At The Wheel
North is the sound of a '90s rock band attempting to come to terms with 21st-century pop but ultimately realizing they're too stubborn to change. This creates a somewhat schizoid listening experience, in all honesty. One minute, the group is getting all Maroon 5-funky, imploring folks to "leave your heart out on the dancefloor" ("Put Your Hands Up"). The next, they're busting introspective coffeehouse folk as if Y2K is still up around the bend ("I Will"). Longtime fans will surely prefer the latter, but the pop shenanigans are more fun and alive sounding. Might as well party, right?