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The Slang

The Slang

Review by Gary Hill

While this isn’t Earth shattering in terms of creativity or impact, it is definitely fresh sounding in a lot of ways. It’s also quite catchy and energetic. In short, it’s fun. This is good pop rock music that is sure to please a wide range of listeners.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2014  Volume 5 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Far from Over

I love the guitar sound that opens this thing. They work out from there into something with a lot of Americana and even some country music. Yet, it feels very much like 1980s inspired alternative rock. That alternative rock sound ultimately dominates. This is great stuff. The instrumental section is particularly lush and rich.

Rule the World
Although there are no huge changes here. Still, the contrast between harder rocking and mellower sections here is great. Additionally, the song is just plain stronger than the opener. Given the quality of that one, it really says a lot. Once more, the instrumental section really shines. In this case, it’s not that far removed from some modern progressive rock.
One Step at a Time
This one lands into more mellow territory. Yet, it’s got a lot in common with shoegaze and modern progressive rock. Still, the blend of sounds isn’t far removed from that on the first two songs.
Feels Like Work
The title track comes in with a guitar sound that’s similar to that on the opener. There are some layers of sound over the top of that calling to mind shoegaze a bit. As the vocals come across the top, though, this is more like the alternative rock meets pop sound that’s quite mainstream these days.
Find a Way
Somehow this piece is more of the same and also more mainstream pop oriented. It doesn’t work as well as the rest in my mind. That said, it’s still pretty good. Everything else is just so strong that it makes this pale.
 
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