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The Slip
Eisenhower
Bar/None Records
www.theslip.com


I was once told that the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. I laughed and shook off their advice; I don't commit any excessive indulgence, why would I need to admit to having a problem? But looking at my life, I realize I need to come clean. Here's my confession: I'm a Guitar Hero addict. I'm not proud of it. But the sound of a bass guitar and the flick of the frets sets me on cloud nine. I can't help myself, I just love it.

The Slip, a Boston-based rock group, is best known for having "Even Rats" featured on the first edition of Guitar Hero. I find myself unable to resist breaking into air guitar, even when someone else is playing the instruments. I wasn't disappointed by the band. Looking for a slightly more brainy rock band than you've heard recently on Vh1? Search no further, The Slip has emerged to save your eardrums.

The album opens up strongly with "Children Of December," which regales the fate of children born in December: doomed to be forgotten in the midst of Christmas goodwill. And ah yes, my favorite, "Even Rats," followed. Yet the next track didn't let me down!

The song I recommend most would have to be "Suffocation Keep." Heavy use of acoustics and orchestra manage to sound unpretentious and soothing; like what you'd imagine to be the product if Death Cab For Cutie's band was fronted by Damien Rice, rather than Ben Gibbard. I plan on rocking my future children to sleep while listening to this song.

There's really only one real wrinkle on Eisenhower, "First Panda In Space." The calm created by "Suffocation Keep" is completely uprooted by the next track, which features only instruments, without the warm tone of singer Brad Barr.

Picture Metric sans Emily Haines, or The Stills circa Logic Will Break Your Heart and you have The Slip pretty much figured out. Rock anthems that resist the temptation of queen-sized instrumental sections, paired with rock n' roll ballads and soft lullabies display the range that The Slip is capable of.

The Slip's latest, Eisenhower, is pretty damn incredible.

-Caitlin McGuire

Track Listing:
1. Children of December
2. Even Rats
3. If One Of Us Should Fall
4. Airplane/Primitive
5. Suffocation Keep
6. First Panda In Space
7. The Soft Machine
8. Life In Disguise
9. Mothwing Bite
10. The Original Blue Air
11. Paper Birds


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