If you are wondering why I haven’t posted a new review for a while (I don’t know why you would do that) it’s because I’ve been listening to this album. I listen to it in my car, at work, again in my car while coming back home and finally I listen to it at home. I just became attached to it, something in it just got me. I think with the release of their 3rd album, this American (Yup, not British) indie rock quintet found out how to make a record that can fracture your ability to listen to other bands for a while.
Defining the genre of the music is tricky since it feels like the band doesn’t want to stick to a genre, but, just to give you an idea of what to expect, the album Simple Math has traces of Alternative, Progressive, Pop and Indie Rock (and many more actually). For one song they sound like the next Porcupine Tree record and then enters an Arcade Fire-like song followed by a guitar riff that reminds of some Led Zeppelin record ending with a Beatles chorus with Panic at the Disco vocals. And at one point you stop counting the bands and just say: “OK, how does all of this fit in one disc?”. The amount of ideas in this album is crazy. Instruments you can expect to hear range from overdriven guitars to hammond organs, string orchestras to children’s choir (?!). If you are interested in alternative rock music at all, you shouldn’t miss this great album.
Release date: May 10, 2011
What I loved about this album: Crazy amount of material, attention to detail, good sounding record with various (modern, vintage) excellent guitar sounds, strings arrangements, the excitement of not knowing what to expect with the next song and, most important of all, the sincerity in the lyrics and the music. Also the singer looks a little bit like Zach Galifianakis with the beard.
What I didn’t like about it: That it has an end.
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