Pretendo's greatest achievement is their ability to land
the perfect vocal line. Every song has singable, catchable phrases
and harmonies that vastly makeup for any perceived shortcomings
this band may have. They have mastered the rock-out sections of
their songs, maintaining every bit of energy that the band puts
forth. While the material isn't brilliant by any stretch of the
imagination, the songs pull off different moods and feels while
throwing in the occasional whimsical carefree vibes.
Sound-wise they are harder to pinpoint, sometimes I hear strains
of The Cure, sometimes I catch the briefest glimpse of
Devo, but always with a groove that is undeniable. Failing
to describe them is only a compliment to the sound they do create,
as it is utterly theier own. Also a credit to the band is the
way that the album slowly evolves, such that the material varies
nicely across the record, not really repeating themselves. Even
the slightly off-key vocals on certain songs lend themselves to
the aura the band displays.
So if you like good vocal/guitar driven rock, Pretendo is definitely
something you should look for and get.
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