When I heard the first notes off The Picture Show's New
Color Wheel, I was expecting something completely different.
The opening guitar riff on "We Are Here" sounds more
like alternative indie rock in the vein of The Stills or
The Killers, but the rest of the album is much more edgy
and straightforward rock.
Hailing from Jacksonville, The Picture show has very strong components.
The drummer kills and many of the songs have fast tempos that
showcase his ability. The guitarist also shines on many of the
tracks. The echoey twang on "Design" has shades of a
riff by The Edge.
The biggest issue I find with this album isn't a problem with
the quality or skill of the band, but rather their style just
sounds really dated. Aaron Jespersen's voice would be perfect
for an Incubus cover band, though not quite as smooth as
Brandon Boyd's. Overall, this band reminds me of the stuff
that was popular in the early/mid 2000's, so listening to it now
as something new seems anachronous.
One of the songs I enjoyed off the album was "The Silence."
It's slower and more of a ballad, but the contrasted vocals between
the soft verses and the belted-out chorus make for an interesting
piece. Many of the other songs have a lot of "Whooaaa!"s
which push it toward sounding emo at times. I also enjoyed "Thief,"
though I can't get over the fact it sounds like it would be blasting
out of a jeep in a high school parking lot circa 2003 next to
some dude's 311/At The Drive-In mix. But if that's
your genre then you will enjoy The Picture Show's latest, so go
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