Sounding like an amalgamation of The Pixies and The Sex
Pistols with a smattering of Jawbreaker, Thinking Aloud
takes a decent but accessible punk and makes it harmonally pleasing,
offering good vibes with energy and very memorable hooks. Clearly
here we have a good contender for my top ten of the year as this band
rocks out with purpose and well accented changes across the entire
As simple as the guitar parts are, they push the album to a new
level by being constant in their drive; in "Block Punt"
the first guitar just maintains momentum as the second guitar comes
and goes at well placed intervals keeping everything interesting.
The drums take punk rhythms and support the material without becoming
annoying, and the bass does its thing revolving around the drums
and guitars. The vocals have that edge necessary to carry and add
to the songs with sung and screeched variations that work nicely.
Production is apt but doesn't help the band enough; all the energy
present is from the band and very little is contributed by the recording.
Guitars, including bass, could be processed differently to over-emphasize
their beautiful breaks and changes. Drums could have been crisper,
yet appear uneven as the record progresses. Now production doesn't
break this album by any stretch of the imagination, I would have just
preferred all the weight to not be on the bands' shoulders alone.
The true beauty of the album is the material which maintains a specific
pace but provides enough difference to make every song individual
and good. Changes are executed exquisitely as they double up within
songs - not limiting the good hooks to main lines. All songs deserve
equal consideration and radio play, but I would specifically recommend
"So What" and "Hit me" as ones that I kept returning
I eagerly anticipate listening to more from Thinking Aloud, and
you should find them now so you can share in the joy.
2) So What
3) Block Punt
5) Hit Me
6) Mood Swings
8) In the Moment
9) While You Were Sleeping
10) Funny Is It?
11) World is a Wreck
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