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Desole
A Story To Tell
Abacus Recordings
www.desoleband.com


In the landscape of emo-indie-rock-post-hardcore, it is sometimes daunting to find a good band. For me especially, I get saturated with, well, a bunch of crap,so much that I get a bit jaded. So what do I have to do? Lower my standards? Pretend like there aren't a bunch of faceless, sound-alikes out there? I don't know, but in the meantime I do get the occasional middle of the roads that don't get thrown into the Bargain Basement pile.

Desole is one such band. On one side you have this talented band that can produce some really good hooks, but on the other, you feel like you are listening to a cut-and-paste version of Strung Out that aspires to reach the Youth Group level. And really, I can't fault the band specifically for this, it just seems to be a reccurring theme for producers to take out that mold and make whatever band fit. Add on top of that a lackluster approach to the energy and you end up with a ho-hum album.

I just can't get away from the production, like a rubbernecker at a minor fender-bender, I wonder how it happened. There is so much potential for the band to achieve some excellent highs, but little momentum is captured, making a lot of sweat on the part of the artists not pay off. Even excellent written break-out points like in "Gossip" feel more forced than natural. Drums seem reined in to the point of choking, and guitars feel constricted and blasé. Overall the tempo could be turned up a notch or two, I find myself leaning forward in my chair just trying to give myself the illusion it is going faster.

Is it a bad album? No, not really, it's just that I have to listen between the lines to find the truth here. The aforementioned "Gossip" is quite good and their "Instrumental" will probably have me coming back for more. Not all of these bands are the same, but production inadequately done can quickly lump good bands in with the rest of the mediocre ones. So consider this a career warning for Desole, you are on the map, now we expect more of you next time.

-bishop

Track listing:
1) Personal
2) Gossip
3) Opposites Attract
4) Shadow Girl
5) Instrumental
6) Danger Danger
7) Familiar Pills
8) For Just One Reason
9) Count Your Friends
10) Illustrate The Actress


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