On Expressions, Music Go Music takes great pleasure in showing off some of the dorkiest influences it could possibly reference. ABBA and the Electric Light Orchestra, the album’s unmistakable touchstones, are hardly considered cool bands in need of a late 2000s renaissance, but Expressions succeeds nonetheless in its heartfelt tribute to ’70s pop excess.
The reason for this success is largely because Music Go Music play it straight throughout. Expressions does not offer up ABBA revivalism as the kitsch some might expect. Instead, the band’s genuine appreciation for the music shines through and leaves the album as more than a hokey piece of ironic enjoyment.
True, there’s nothing new on Expressions, but the whole thing coheres into a piece of epic pop that would be a suitable soundtrack for a training montage in a sports movie where the underdog starts to get it together. Expressions is a pure pleasure that there’s no reason to feel guilty about.