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The Great American Midrange
The Elms
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Reviewed: 9/24/2009 by Chad


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The Elms have always embraced their Midwestern rock roots, but it’s rare today to find a band that truly embraces the melodic rock sound of the late 90’s. The Elms however have done just that for their latest release “The Great American Midrange.” Take one listen to this record and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time about 10 years when The Elms melodic sound flooded the radio waves. Drawing similarities to bands like The Gin Blossoms and Nine Days, The Elms have managed resurrect a sound not heard on many records today. Tracks like “The Wildest Heart,” “The Good Guys,” and the single “Back To Indiana,” are all perfect examples of the albums post grunge inspired sound. The album takes some questionable diversions on tracks “The Shake” and “Strut,” but overall this album keeps to a pretty similar formula. While most critics will slam the album for not having a unique enough sound, credit is due to a band that has embraced a sound loved by many and not often heard on new releases today.

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