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Company Of Thieves
Ordinary Riches
Wind-Up Records
www.companyofthieves.net


Now Hear This… not only the name of a Billboard column but a serious announcement: Company Of Thieves is truly THE new band to check out. They have yet to release their physical debut album Ordinary Riches, however the buzz on their digital is undeniable. Not only have they been on Last Call With Carson Daly, but their single "Oscar Wilde" won them the 2007 New York Songwriters Circle contest.

It took me awhile to try and identify the spot on the "music spectrum" that Thieves would fall. My findings? Nothing. I cannot figure out the right genre in which to to stick them. They defy categorization and that is something that can take years for bands to do. For me, they'd be the genre that goes perfect in a bar, with a piano in the corner, wooden walls and the lights dimmed just slightly.

"Old Letters" starts the album in a Fiona Apple mode. With drawn out words/notes, minimal guitar and drums that thrash, this song rocks with its own style of sensuality. "In Passing" continues that sensual feeling, but kicks it up with an electric guitar and some excellent riffs. "Oscar Wilde", the token single, comes in at the #3 spot. With this song, the feeling's a bit lighter. Want a soundtrack for running through a field of daisies? I can see this song working for that. There's some definite and obvious mass appeal. If I take it upon myself to skip down to a favorite, I'd go to "Even In The Dark." This song is even LIGHTER than "In Passing," if you can believe it. It's very mellow and very calming. It's as though a bit more emphasis was put on the lyrics for this song. Or at least more emphasis on the ability to hear and feel them. Genevieve's amazing voice hits some great octaves and shines through. The powerfulness near the end makes you wonder if there was some heartbreak factored into the composition of this song. "The Fire Song" has so much depth to it; it's almost hard to keep up. Between the tempo changes, the volume changes and even the changes in Genevieve's style of singing, this song is incredible. Her whispers midway through definitely bring up some goose-bumps. "New Letters" ends the album, and very appropriately I might add, and as "Old Letter" started with a Fiona influence, "New Letters" followed suit. This song is so soft, easily a Company Of Thieves lullaby. Sure it rocks out at the end, guitars blazing and all, but the general feeling could drift you to sleep.

It's an impressive band and an even better album. And from the album artwork I've seen, the physical will be worth the purchase. You put together a tour with Company, Fiona and throw in The Delvins and those small bars will be packed!

-Rachel Fredrickson

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