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So Many Dynamos
When I Explode
Skrocki Records

So Many Dynamos represents the ever more beautiful evolution of common music into something inherently interesting and cool. Unlike other bands that are attempting the same metamorphosis, SMD succeeds in bridging the gap, maintaining singable and danceable material, while bringing so much more intelligent interplay to the table. They lie somewhere between Weezer and Q And Not U; using radio friendly rhythms that change in the moment and widen the songs into multiple layers, while the vocals dance around, crisp and meaningful.

Almost everything is done correctly on this album, from the asynchronous guitars to the steadfast drums and subtle use of electronica. All are well executed showing precise breaks and changes that pull the listener in the desired direction. Vocals ably meet the feel of each song, harsher here, and softer there, with the correct amount of pathos. Backing vocals are used smartly; barely audible on certain songs, a main force in others, and not at all in the rest, illustrating one of my favorite points of music: its not what you have, its how you use it. And this band uses it perfectly, knowing when to use all players or only a handful at moments to get the right message across.

Speaking of messages, I could not help but be impressed with their lyrical capability. Hard to describe, they use the least [amount of] words for the best allusion. It is not often that words are so well matched to the feel and vibe of the songs they accompany, and it is on this note alone that SMD has earned a well-respected place in my collection. "Panic In A Pew" and "When We Were Machines" are prime examples of well-rounded songs lyrically and musically, but it is "These Things Happen" that just totally takes the cake for me - disturbing, beautiful and vivid, one listen has it indelibly etched in my mind. And I'm sorry, but just the title "Windows Facing Walls" is so damn telling that it ups the ante' on this album tenfold.

This album needs to be listened to, not because I tell you to, not because you might be curious, but because it is just mind-blowing in its nature, an experience that can't be described in words.


Track listing:

1) Bed of Nails
2) The Pros of Being a Con Artist
3) Let's Laugh About It Later
4) Heat/Humidity
5) These Things Happen
6) We Panic in a Pew
7) When We Were Machines
8) A State Without a Springfield
9) Seriously, Now
Windows Facing Walls

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