Communiqué is a walking contradiction, between
their lyrics and the feel of the music surrounding them- but man
o' man, does it work in their favor. The lyrics are just depressing.
Good, but oh so depressing. They are the kind of words you could
picture some teen artsy goth girl scribbling on a piece of paper
before she attempts to commit suicide. And the music is a complete
one hundred and eighty degree turn from that, with a nice upbeat
pop-eighties feel that you can't help but nod your head to and
sing along with. Together, they make for some pretty interesting
music and vibes.
So yeah, I catch myself singing "If you want me/ If you need
me/ Then please feel free/ To ouija me/ I'll be swinging by a
short length of cord/ Light as a feather/ Stiff as a board."
I don't know whether I should laugh, or cry, because it is so
catchy I can't help it, but so depressing it scares me. Ultimately,
I listen in awe as the album continues, not knowing what else
to expect. And it just gets better. It is such a subtle genius
of songwriting that you really have to pay attention to the details
and read, really read, the lyrics sheet to get it. At the same
time the album just lacked any pretentiousness; it just was, without
trying to explain.
I loved the general songwriting, including the simple & straightforward
formulated song structures, which lended to the overall feel rather
than taking away. The best addition to this formulated approach
was an amply used backing vocal that was so subtle you could miss
it on certain tracks, and so complementary in others you couldn't
have the song without it. The backing was so effective that you
could honestly classify it as another instrument in the bands
already well established musical arsenal. They used it that well.
The only nit I can muster against this album is the sometimes-cheesy
sound effects used by the keyboards. With the quality produced
from every other angle of this record, a little more time spent
on proper keyboard sound could only push this album further in
the right direction. Blessedly the keyboards are not focused on
in the final mix of the album and are used to fill the songs out
in a healthy way. Also, Rory Henderson's voice, while excellent
in quality, has a certain distinction that might lose him listeners.
I loved his style though, and thought it was a nice addition to
the indie-pop-eighties feel.
Every song on this album is radio ready and dying to be played
for the masses. If I had to mention one, I couldn't, I'd have
to mention them all, because they are all of equally superior
quality and sustenance that they make this a hands down, rock-solid
album. What else can I say; I have no hesitation recommending
this band and record. So what are you waiting for, go pick it
1. The Best Lies
3. Ouija Me
4. Dagger Vision
5. Perfect Weapon
6. Black Curses
8. My Bay
9. Death Rattle Dance
10. Rattling Bones
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