The beauty of '80s music has apparently lived on in the band New
Roman Times. And it's not just any part of the '80s music movement,
nope - it's the dark and twisty version of pop that came out; and
on their recent release On The Sleeve we've all got another
big helping of the post-punk-electronic-infused-pop to enjoy.
As a summer release, it's really not on the top end of happy-go-lucky
sounds for the sunny afternoons. But it would however fit perfectly
in the next '80s classic movie. Another Sixteen Candles anyone?
Rocking out with a girl bassist, this band is taking the appeal of
two part harmonies mixed with well placed synths and running with
With an opening number like "Smoke In Your Disguise" you've
already got a general tone to the album that's slightly upbeat and
full of love-stricken lyrics. Now, if you're going to sound like the
'80s then it's good to also sing about the '80s, which is why the
song "VCR" is perfect. It's not just perfect for the title,
but the electronic rock bass and slightly insane lead guitar which
are easily reminiscent of an early version of The Cure. Now,
probably the most promising song of the album is "21st Century
Limited." There's a journey that the synths take the rest of
the instruments on in the beginning that can easily be called impressive.
It's that same journey which comes back around in the extremely catchy
chorus and allows you to kind of forget about the rest of the song
being slightly drab.
Oddly enough there is at least one song that bears a similarity to
our current generation. "West End World" somehow mixes the
electronic pop elements of Placebo with the pure alternative
rock of Death Cab For Cutie. They don't bother with any emphasis
on the two part harmonies in this one. Sure Josie (female bassist)
is still there, however this time the lyrics don't play as big of
a part and thus have no need for a harmony. And that dance level tempo
will keep any foot tapping.
All-in-all the album is promising and talented. However, after a
while the songs begin to sound very similar, if not completely the
same. Though I suppose that was a crutch to many popular '80s bands.
With this album being their sophomore appearance there's promise for
a bit more experience and an astounding third album.
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