I don't know what it is lately, but I keep getting these bands
that defy description. The Exit is another one that I just
can't put my finger on; it is definitely rock based, but it mixes
in island melodies and riffs with a distinct New York grit and
feel. Yeah, weird I know, but they make it work so well.
This three-piece pushes the musical medium by using unconventional
breaks and changes interlaced with seemingly incompatible pieces
that mesh into a just plain smart combination. The vocals do
an amazing job of tying a lot of the above together, while defining
a solid sounding song, which is completely singable. All instruments
vary in emphasis, one moment the guitar is going for a straightforward
rock line, and next changing to a more subdued accent line.
The drums alternate within each song, cascading through different
styles yet combining the whole into a coherent piece. Bass does
an adequate job maintaining the drum structure and at times
leading the pace. And this is just talking about one song, now
try and imagine the result through a whole album.
The production is impeccable, and it just shows a lot of smart
choices for design and subtleties. The breaks and changes just
enhance each song, and through the album keep everything interesting.
Not one song on this album could be accused of being formulaic,
and that is the best compliment I could give at this point.
And moreover, the balance of instruments shows sacrifice and
nuance that is rarely achieved now-a-days.
Each song on this album could easily deserve individual description,
talking about specific techniques used, and how successful they
were, but I won't go on like that - just know that there is a
lot going on in each space. "Don't Push", "Let's
Go to Haiti" and "Darlin" stick out in my mind
as superior to the rest, but that might detract from the others,
which would be unfair to say.
What else can I say? This band has succeeded in putting together
a well-thought out, accessible and interesting album. And it
is for a combination of reasons, including their lack of description,
that I have no hesitation recommending this band to those discerning
individuals out there.
1. Don't Push
2. Home For an Island
3. Tell Me all Again
4. Back to the Rebels
6. Let's Go to Haiti
8. So Leave Then
10. Already Gone
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