Page France, ‘Page France and the Family Telephone’ (Suicide Squeeze)
Page France’s handcrafted folk pop pushes awfully hard to be quaint. Between the coy vocals of leader Michael Nau and some overly delicate playing — note the repeated use of bells — this Maryland quartet’s third album has a tendency to bog down in preciousness. That’s a shame, because Nau’s songs are more complex than they initially sound, smartly tackling all sorts of prickly grown-up situations. Anybody who sings “I lie so well / I start to buy it, too” is clearly no stranger to deeper, darker impulses.