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Let Yourself Down

Review by Gary Hill

This EP comes from a quartet that hails from New York. The blend of sounds here leans toward the hard, rawer rock, but it's still got a mainstream, almost pop sensibility. The three songs (technically there are four, but one is a "clean" version of one of the other tunes) have a pretty wide range of sounds. This really shows promise, and I'd like to hear what these guys do going forward.

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Track by Track Review
Let Yourself Down
A mellow, melodic kind of intro opens this. The track powers out into a hard rocking jam that has some alternative rock and power-pop elements both at play. In fact, it reminds me a little of Cheap Trick in some ways. That said, it's gritty and grungier than that comparison implies. It drops to just piano for an alternate vocal section later, but it drives back upward to the hard rocking zones from there. There is a bit of a blues rock edge on the guitar solo.
Beat Me
This is a screaming hot rocker that earns a parental advisory. It's a bit punky, but also catchy and pure rock and roll. This even has a bit of a hair metal edge. At just over two-minutes of music, it's the shortest of the three different songs here.
This makes me think of both Jane's Addiction and early Radiohead. It has a slightly less rocking texture to it, with hints of psychedelia and experimental punk. When it powers up to the harder rocking zones that Radiohead element is even more appropriate, but perhaps with some Smashing Pumpkins in the mix. That said, the contrast between mellower more rocking zones and the overall song, really remind me a lot of "Creep" from Radiohead. The ending is rather abrupt.
Beat Me - Radio Edit
Here we get another version of the earlier tune, but with the parental advisory earning lyrics edited out. The change isn't so obvious as to be intrusive, and this version works well, too.
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