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Leah Jee

The Rest is Ours

Review by Gary Hill

This EP is quite good. It’s not without problems, though. The first problem is that the production feels a bit less than perfect. The main issue with that is if you put it in with other discs (shuffle or in sequence) you’ll need to raise the volume when this one comes in. Otherwise the production just feels a tiny bit “unmixed.” Still, those things aren’t really a problem. The music falls into a rock meets modern pop territory. The other issue with it is that it’s just not all that unique. It’s good rocking music, but it seems a little generic in a lot of ways. Still, you can put this in and let it go because every song is good.

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Track by Track Review
Coming After You

This is an energetic rocker that reminds me of the harder rock side of early Blondie. It’s a lot of fun and has a cool guitar solo.

Sink or Swim
Another hard rocker, this is more modern in texture. It’s not that the previous one wasn’t modern, really. It’s just that this seems to have gotten rid of that late 1970s element. There is a mellower section that’s almost jazzy. In some ways this makes me think a bit of early No Doubt, but without the ska edge.
The Start of Your Life
As this powers in it feels more like a heavy metal tune. It drops down to much mellower melodic music, though. It lands quite well into a modern pop sound as that happens. There are more powered up rocking sections, too. In a lot of ways this is the most dynamic cut on the set. Surely, it has more range than the two openers did. It’s an effective song, too.
The Final Score
I love the bass line that drives this. The cut is a pretty straightforward pop rock number. It’s effective and has a lot of energy. There is definitely a punky edge to the song.
The Golden Ticket
The main guitar hook on this makes me think of something like 38 Special. That lends a classic rock feeling to this thing. Beyond that it’s tied to the same hard rock meets modern pop sound we’ve heard throughout.
Straight Up
Done with a real hard rocking, almost punk meets metal (that metal sound is especially prominent on the guitar solo) sound, this is an unlikely cover of the Paula Abdul song. I really like this a lot. I’d say that it’s one of the highlights here. That makes it a great way to end the set, too.
 
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