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
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.
1. Children of December
2. Even Rats
3. If One Of Us Should Fall
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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