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Sounds real good, but lacks originality
on May 5, 2009
On first listen, my impression was that the songs were too short. Each one has great hooks, a bit of electronic enhancement over solid rock and nice not-too-perfect-and-processed vocals, but each is over before I really get anything out of it. The longest barely ticks over the four minute mark.
They seem even shorter the second time through. Very little new material, lyrically or musically, ekes out after two minutes, and it's rare to go more than 40 seconds on the whole CD without hearing a refrain. Four minutes is perfect for radio play, after all, and there's plenty of padding to cut out for a shorter hit, TV show theme song or commercial soundtrack. It's some of the most sincere and enjoyable formula songwriting I've ever heard, but it's formula nonetheless.
Hopefully, now that hits are charted and the band is on the radar, a second album can showcase a little more breadth and creativity.