Album titles can be a big clue as to the actual content of an album. There are loud, in-your-face titles, romantic titles, or just plain what-on-earth titles, a perfect example being the bizarrely named concept album Odgen's Nut Gone Flake from Small Faces. And then there are names like Music For Neighbors. It's nice, it's polite, it's considerate, but it does nothing to prevent the album from being something that you wouldn't look twice at. However, appearances can be deceiving.

Behind the dull beige artwork, this sensibly titled album is in fact an appealing one, consisting of releases from the mid-eighties New Jersey-based band The Trypes. They were a band made up of New Jersey musicians and various members of The Feelies, during a brief hiatus after their debut album, Crazy Rhythms. Whereas The Feelies were a lot more interested in creating rock, The Trypes decided to make music with an understated, psychedelic feel to it.

Music For Neighbors is all about the instruments, surreal lyrics and creating a dramatic atmosphere. 'From The Morning Glories' kicks off the album in true psychedelic rock style with jagged keyboard rhythms and jangly guitars accompanied by future The Feelies member Brenda Sauter's deep voice. The third song on the album, 'Music For Neighbors', is a suspenseful track that feels like it's constantly on the edge of mutating into something more, yet it never does, and there's a calm quality to the track 'A Plan, Revised' with its piano music and optimistic chant of 'can't resist the future, can't resist the feeling'. It's even more relaxed on its demo version, which is a very stripped-back and more acoustic version.

The point on Music For Neighbors where things get a little strange is six songs in, during the track 'Belmont Girl Is Mad At Me'. The most immediately noticeable thing about this song is the voice which is oddly simplistic and childlike, and constantly sounds like it is on the verge of tears as it sings of burning hair, bleeding hands and being ignored by an unreachable girl. These desolate vocals are made even morose by the harmonica beneath them, before the song is abruptly twisted into a jittery echo of the previous half of the track. These unusual-to say the least- vocals return on 'Foreign Doctors', where every syllable of every lyric seems glued to the blunt rhythm, and these strict sounding vocals definitely won't be to everyone's taste.

Interestingly, there are two covers of The Beatles on this album. One is of George Harrison's song 'Love You To', which appeared on The Beatles' album Revolver. This cover accurately captures and is an impressive tribute to the song that arguably gave George Harrison's songwriting another dimension completely. 'The Inner Light' is another Beatles cover and it's easy to draw similarities between this song and other songs on the album such as 'A Plan, Revised', showing that The Beatles are undoubtedly a huge influence on the work of The Trypes. However, the risk of having The Beatles covers on an album is that, if they're done right, they will probably overshadow the rest of the songs. And that seems to be what has happened on Music For Neighbous; their cover of 'Love You To' is definitely one of the highlights of the album, if not the best track there.

It's easy to dismiss this album as just another side project of just another band, but this album is an experimental yet polished sounding fourty-five minute experience. Although these songs were created when The Feelies weren't together, their members seemed to be comfortable with the small yet considerable dent that they made in the American rock scene that they had carved at the time, and free to experiment with a different, and perhaps more interesting sound.