All Together Now
Better Than Ezra
Honey from the Icebox
I Wont Follow
Iím not entirely sure what Madina Lakeís ďFrom Them, Through Us, To YouĒ aspires to be. On one hand itís incredibly creative. These songs donít just have meanings, they have themes, and the album collectively tells a story. Music with that kind of agenda (known or not) has to be greeted with optimism. Itís refreshing to have someone put actual art in the mainstream media in todayís world.
On the other hand though, itís incredibly confusing and there might be too much work involved for the listener to get the full experience of Madina Lake. The bandís official ecard is at http://www.wheresadalia.com . The card tells the story of the disappearance of a young woman named Adalia in the quiet 50ís mountain town of Madina Lake. To date, the first chapter and the first webisode is up now. And while the card is entertaining, itís also confusing. My advice to you is if youíre really into this band wrap yourself up in that ecard, the story, and the band. If not though, forget it exists and just enjoy the music.
The album itself isnít bad. Itís not the best Iíve ever heard, but itís far from the worst. There are some songs that fail like ďStarsĒ and to an extent ďRiver People.Ē But itís mostly filled with songs that can hold their own, like the single ďHouse of CardsĒ and the second track on the album ďIn Another LifeĒ just to name a couple. Everything on the album moves incredibly well, and whether they set out to sound like it or not, Madina Lake is a successful blend of old-school pop-punk (eerily similar to Fenix TXís ďLechuzaĒ in places), and the new school blend of emo rock.
Everything else aside, the music is good. There are some weak moments on the disc but only a few. This is a great debut on Roadrunner for Madina Lake. With this bandís creative drive, they should keep growing and growing and in a few years everyone should know who Madina Lake is.