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Redding
Redding
Rock Ridge Music
www.reddingmusic.com


What do you get when you have a group of lads raised on the best of what Britpop has had to offer over the last 25 years or so that get together and start up a band? You get a beautifully laid out rock album with bits of classic music thrown together with more modern influence. You get Redding. The band is made up of college students from St. Louis, and their chemistry is not necessarily unique, but it is vibrant and oh-so-good.

The tracks on their self-titled debut range in sound from shoegazey walls of guitars to poppy almost-emo tracks, and in the midst of it all, the band blends together styles to create a very likeable and mature sound. "Another Day" is a sublime track to start this band's career, with its crystal production and almost anthemic drive. Joseph Graves' voice is very clear and not at all grating when he launches into his easy falsetto. His breathing and phrasing are wonderfully orchestrated like great pop music should be. "Gleam" is a bit more of an artful approach to the pop song, with excellent drag drumming by Jon Stamm, and a thick bass groove provided by Jeff McCullough. Daniel Gula's guitar work is chiming and bright, reminiscent of early parts by the Edge, utilizing just the right amount of effects to create a sublime sound without drowning out the melodies. By the time the modern-rock stomp of "Unringing Bells" hits your ears, the band has found its stride and wormed their way into the listener's heart. The song is a catchy tune, replete with hooks that will be sticking in your ears for days to come.

While this CD is short, consisting of only eight songs, those songs are all solidly written, performed and recorded. Redding is a perfect introduction to what may turn out to be one of the finest young bands of the decade… if they can continue to write solid material that spans musical genres and is imbued with the emotional courage that is found here on their debut CD.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:
1. Another Day
2. Gleam
3. In Montauk
4. Unringing Bells
5. All I Can Hold
6. What You've Become
7. Bottlenecking
8. Concerning Our Escape


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