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Color/Echo

Review by Gary Hill

This new EP is strong. It’s not the most unique or original thing out there, but it is very accessible and compelling. The range of sounds is between pop rock based elements and alternative rock. There are both modern and classic sounds here, too.

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Track by Track Review
Color/Echo

This starts out a bit ambient, but turns to a cool alternative rocking jam. This isn’t particularly original in terms of the song structure, but some of the edges of the sound are a bit different than you might expect. Additionally, it’s just a very well done tune. The acoustic guitar based bit at the end brings a little folk to the table.

Bellamy
This is more folk driven throughout. It’s bouncy and fun. It’s definitely a folk rock based number with some country and other things in the mix. It’s quite strong.
The Way
A more distorted electric sound permeates this one. It’s got a classic rock sound, but also a modern alternative one. This is not as accessible as some of the rest of the stuff here, but it’s meatier. It’s might be my favorite song on the disc.
Joliet
We’re back into bouncy pop rock territory here. This is a catchy number, and feels very much like the kind of thing that is played on the radio a lot these days. I like it, but not as much as some of the rest.
Brick by Brick
An acoustic guitar based number, this isn’t really a ballad. Sure, it’s mellower, but there is a lot of bounce in its step. It’s a folk rocker more than anything else. In some ways, though, it feels like the acoustic based version of the kind sound heard on the previous tune.
Oughta Know
This is the kind of hard rocker that really encourages singing along. It’s energized and very much a cross between alternative rock and mainstream pop rock. It’s also one of the highlights of the set.

 

 
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