Sick Of Sarah are labeled poppy-punk-girl-rock which quite
accurately describes their new recording 2205 on Adam Ant Records.
Track after track is loaded with modern rock guitar shreds powered
by Jessie Farmer, Katie Murphy, and lead vocalist Abisha
Uhl, while the sleek bass pulls of Jamie Holm wrap around
the drum kicks of Jessica Forsythe. Produced by Evan Peters,
2205 has a generic power-pop-punk sound that does not set the
quintet apart from others of their ilk, but the album does function
to keep the flames of power-pop-punk burning.
Dance tracks like "Over Exposure" and "Kick Back"
are lubricated with pogo grooves which make them club ready, and
the soft simmering beats of "Giving Up" project a series
of low voltage progressions as Uhl's words reveal a bleeding heart.
Uhl's vocals seem to walk through the tracks causing the length
in her resonance to be short-fused and even curt, like in "Cigarettes"
when she tells, "I'll make you wonder
You'll ask me if
I want to play / Come and chase me through the night."
The group's use of the glockenspiel chimes is sparse even though
both Uhl and Farmer are credited for playing the instrument. The
tracks are mainly heavy on guitar shreds moving with Uhl's vocal
jabs. The racy tempo of "Autograph" has an urgency that
displays the quintet's feistiness and power rock chops, while "El
Paso Blue" is preened to a commercial rock sheen with a bass
drum rumble in the bridge that gives the song stamina.
The guitars growl and the rhythmic thrusts punch fast and hard in
the vane of power-pop-punkers La Roux and Florence Welch.
Sick Of Sarah concentrate on blending into their own kind, rather
than distinguishing themselves from their colleagues. 2205
is geared for rock clubs and commercial rock outlets but shys away
from being personalized to the band.
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