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War Poets

American Police State

Review by Gary Hill

This is a very diverse set. At times it comes into a melodic rock sound. At other points it lands more in the raw, hard edged indie rock territory. It even gets into some hip hop. The thing is, the combination of sounds works and this actually feels cohesive and coherent. It’s a little left of center and probably not for everyone, but it’s quite good.

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Track by Track Review
Better Place

There is a real modern pop rock vibe to this tune. It’s the most mainstream and accessible song on the disc. The Dire Straits element is definitely present here. This song seems to be about wealth inequality and about how people are always hoping to find themselves in a better place.

Closing In
A lot more punk rock energy is heard on this thing. It’s a real rocker.
8:05 On a Saturday Night
A slower and mellower number, the blend of sounds here is unusual. At times it has a folk meets country and soft rock sound. Raps (both male and female), though, bring it more into hip hop territory.
Where Has Love Gone
Again Dire Straits is a reference point here. That said, this one is almost metallic at times. It features a smoking hot guitar solo and some great saxophone work.
Red Lake
Hard edged and punky, this is a little raw.
 
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