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Post-Haste
Post Haste
Ionik Recordings
www.poste-haste.us


There is a little unspoken rule in critiquing: Say at least one good thing first before moving on to the bad. I am going to do the exact opposite of that here. When I popped this album in and began listening, I just kept thinking: "Man, this band has so much going against it." First off, the production of the album is under par, but not as bad as the Donnas' first album Donnas. Second, the singers border on tone-deaf and nasal, which isn't helped by the low quality of the lyrics. And lastly, the songs themselves are too basic, lacking any sort of structural emphasis other than their straightforward nature.

Now that I got that out of the way I can talk about the album's positive points. I loved it. From beginning to end. Seriously, if I lost this album today I would have to go to my computer and order another for tomorrow. It's just that simple. Rarely as a reviewer do I come across an album that I would have actually bought had I known about it. Thank you, for sending me this album, you made me very happy.

I was enthralled and hooked from the first play. Mostly it has to do with the overall vibe of the album, it has an energy and a sort of chutzpa, that just slaps you in the face and says "like me or not, I just am." But I likey, I really, really likey. Even though the singers can't sing and the lyrics are just plain stupid, the vocal lines really bring it together, and make the songs catchy. For example in the song "Kilometres", the lyrics go essentially like this: "My girl/ is so far away/ got to get laid" The last word could be "away" but I would like to give the band more credit since they didn't give me a lyrics sheet. Bad lyrics, great song.

A big plus for this album is that, for a three piece, the songs are well defined individually. I would almost compare the differentiation between songs to the likes of The White Stripes. They fill the space in songs well, with precisely timed drum emphasis, nicely placed bass lines, and simple lead guitar lines, that prove the fact: a little goes a long way. One other complaint, which is more of a compliment, is that the album is way too short. Twelve songs in twenty-six minutes. I am hooked like an addict, and just want more. Do you remember the old days when punk bands used to put twenty plus songs on a CD? You guys should do the same, really.

Anyhoo, if you like the feeling old Violent Femmes gives you, and the energy of palatable punk-rock, then I highly recommend this album to you. Now if you will excuse me, I have to go to their website like a junkie, and order some of their earlier albums to get my fix.

-bishop

Track Listings:

1. Frozen Thin
2. Kilometres
3. Academy of 3
4. Chemical Favours
5. Narrow Peaks
6. Green Alumni
7. i
8. New Brighton The Mighty
9. Insides Out
10. Sound Steelers
11. Practice Prude
12. Symmetry


 

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