Iíd heard the hypeÖ Indie kids
raving about this band Weston, and how their new major label
debut was so fantasticÖ blah blah blah. Well, hype is hype.
This album, however, is very good. Treading waters opened
wide by bands such as the Boo Radleys in the 90ís, Weston
has succeeded in creating an album full of brilliant pop songs,
resplendent with varied instrumentation and bright, shiny
songwriting. The Pennsylvania band tackles a miasma of British
sounds with gusto and attitude, proving that they can give
the established big boys a run for the money.
"I Just Quit Rock and Roll"
begins the album with acoustic guitars and brassy keyboards
blending to create a bouncy anthem for the new millennium.
Itís a fantastic little piece of work, and one that draws
the listener in immediately, with itís chorus of "Na
nana na na na na". "To Some Iím A Genius" kicks
the album into an even higher gear, with a host of scorching
guitars creating a sound that could be the next Foo Fighters
track. Any similarity is quickly swept under the rug with
"Kiss Like An Angel", a track rich in dynamics and
beautiful hidden sounds. The feedback loops add a texture
often missing in todayís high-power pop music. The chorus
sings with lavish power and childish abandon. "Wonderdrug"
floats along on a haze of Slowdive-ish ethereal splendor,
the vocals providing more instrumentation than lyrical content.
The bright marimba sounds on "Radio" set the mood,
and maintain the rhythm of a wonderful, melodious song. The
harmonies are tight, and the over all feel of the song is
light and airy. "Summerís Over" brings back a bit
more of the edgy rock, with itís intricate rhythms, tremendous
guitar sounds, and excellent vocal presentation.
Side 2 of the record delivers
with as much promise as side 1. Opening up with "Liz
Phair", Weston once again provides a humorous and sonically
efficient pop song. "My Favourite High" blasts into
a drone-rich, My-Bloody-Valentine-on-slow-speed-emo cacophony.
"Your kiss is heaven, youíre still on my mind; you are
forever, my favourite high." The Emo-core continues with
"You Haunt Me", another feedback loop laden track,
more beautiful than long, richly layered with synthesized
strings. "El Differente" presents the straight-ahead
rock credo that proves the versatility of this band, nuzzling
comfortably next to classics from the likes of the Pixies.
The splendor of 4-part vocal harmonies in "Volume Hater"
puts NíSync to shame. This track is complex in its unmistakable
simplicity, and yearns to be heard at 130 decibels. The reprise
of "I Just Quit Rock and Roll" is a last, yearning
look at this fine album and the versatility of this band.
It also provides the perfect opportunity for you to jump up
and start the record over again.
Weston has succeeded in creating
an album that brings more enjoyment with each listen. When
you think youíve heard everything there is to hear, put on
the headphones and listen closer. There is a lot of sonic
territory on this record, and it is territory worth taking
the time to explore. It looks like Iíll be on my way to the
shoppe to try to find their previous 5 records.
- I Just Quit Rock & Roll
- To Some Iím A Genius
- Kiss Like An Angel
- Summerís Over
- Liz Phair
- My Favourite High
- You Haunt Me
- El Differente
- Volume Hater
- I Just Quit Rock & Roll