I first heard The Mary Onettes on an episode of Grey's Anatomy, of all places. I was immediately taken by their sound, and quickly sought out the name of the artist. Once I did, I downloaded the entire album and voila, one of their biggest U.S. fans was born. Soaring melodies, haunting lyrics, and an 80's synth-rock vibe that sounded so familiar yet was completely original. They've been compared to The Church, A-Ha, and many others, and rightly so I suppose, as their sound has influences of so many great bands of my youth. The end result in every song, though, is a masterpiece all their own. "Lost", is the shining star of this album, with it's reverb echoing in your head long after playing it. I can't think of a more perfect song in form, sound, and lyric. Simply gorgeous. Other gems on this freshman release like "Void", "Still", and "Explosions" (also featured on an episode of Grey's) have melodies that are near perfect in the way that makes the hair stand up on your arms. Every. Time. You. Listen. To. Them. Make no mistake, these guys cannot write a bad song. Listen to "Henry" and you'll be in 100% agreement. It's important to note that this album, their first, is no one-hit-wonder. Two full-length LP's later in addition to several EP's are all equally beautiful in sound.
This release is a limited-edition of 500 vinyl copies and I'm beyond elated that I got a copy, because for ten years it's been a dream of mine to have this amazing album on vinyl. If you're able to find a copy, do not hesitate, it's that good.