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Big City Rock
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Reviewed: 5/7/2006 by Mike


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After 3 self titled e.p’s, the title of the L.A quintets major label debut was somewhat predictable. Not so it’s content, being streets ahead of previous efforts. 4 songs are lovingly reworked from those e.p’s and, melody aside, are unrecognisable from the sluggish dated original versions. Credit must go to the production team of Brian Malouf and Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger, who add both depth and a renewed sense of urgency to the songs. If your penchant is for songs that echo U2 and the more recent rock dance masters The Killers then this album will be essential. The melodies are uplifting-a throwback to the 80’s and the sound is as big as their name suggests. The synthesised energy of dance rock tracks ‘All Of The Above’-pure The Killers- and ‘Human’ fit neatly in with the more traditional keyboard driven ‘As Soon as I Find Out’-Americanised Keane- or the huge almost AOR ballad ‘I Believe In You’. Add to that the Motown soul swing of ‘Kind’, the INXS tinged ‘Shelter’ and a host of other radio friendly tunes and you have possibly the finest pop rock album of 2006

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