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National Product
Luna
R&M Artist Records
www.npmusic.com


I was tired and about to fall asleep from an exhausting day when I stuck in Luna from National Product. After the first song...I was not so tired anymore. It has the kind of energy that has the recipe for a perfect mosh pit.

"By All Means" starts off the album with an abundance of emotion, even though you can't really even understand what Danny (vocals) is saying. But the tempo is so hypnotizing that if your feet stop tapping, you might as well stop the song, otherwise your body won't know what to do - a style similar to a fellow alternative band The Classic Crime. In skipping through I stopped on the song "Love Me," because it always intrigues me how an alternative band is going to do a ballad. This song is just that; an acoustic beginning, with heart-felt lyrics, divulging of love lost. They wouldn't be an alternative band if they didn't jam it out for a least 30 seconds of the song. And the high notes that they hit are impressive, although the "oooos" are a little overkill. Next I stopped on "Quay" and mostly because of the curiosity that struck me with the name. Was there a connection between the lyrics and the literal definition of quay (a structure built parallel to the bank of a waterway for use as a landing space)? I guess we will never know. However, one thing I do know is this song feels like a response to the broken-hearted lyrics of "Love Me" and all the anger that goes along with it. That anger brings out a nice rock sound; simple and low guitar, yet played with emotion, makes for a good song. Maybe this is rock's version of a ballad, similar to that of say, Journey? The last song on the album is "Explode" and I half expected the song to just jam out of control at the beginning. Unfortunately that's not what I got. Instead, another slower ballad. This time is sounds like our main character has given up. It's sad and the emotion is still there, just different. I realize that the general tone of the song was set higher, not just the vocals, but there seemed to be an excessive use of the cymbals, to the point that they overpower the rest of the drum kit. Other than that, the sound is excellent.

For their first release on the scene, it's fantastic. A great addition to my alternative rock library. Full of so much energy, I won't be able to sleep now.

-Rachel Fredrickson

Track Listing:
1. By All Means
2. Collision
3. Medicated
4. Love Me
5. Sad Excuse
6. Valentine
7. Paper & Ink
8. Where Do You Go
9. Quay
10. November Night
11. Sean Song
12. Explode


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