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The Frantic
Turn Me Loose
Sinister Muse Records
www.thefrantic.com


Wow. Apparently, age really isn't an issue in the music industry. With the eldest member in the new band The Frantic being 18 (and the youngest 17), it's obvious that no one's carding.

I'm not sure how to describe their album Turn Me Loose. It feels like a mix between pop and ska. Is pop-ska a genre? This is the kind of music that belongs in a National Lampoon movie. I couldn't keep my body from moving in my apartment, so I can only imagine what their live show is like. The guitar may be fairly basic at times, but it's incredibly fast. The lyrics aren't complex, so there's no need to decipher them. But not having to think with your music is a good thing. With songs like "Audio and Murder" or "Always Gonna' Roll" you can easily see that there's not a whole lot of depth or length to this album. No song lasts longer than 3 minutes. However, the energy is unmatched. The tempo never slows and therefore, neither should you. In this instance, I believe that their age worked in the favor of the music. Sure, older musicians could make an album like this, however these guys are going to be able to do it a bit easier. One way to describe this album is declaration music. Declare your hate for the government, or declare your love for a girl. Either way it's easy to get behind what The Frantic is singing about. Kyle's voice is loud and proud. He manages to put feeling into the simplest of topics. He displays his talents in hitting a variety of notes, but also takes the easy way out with a few gut-wrenching outcries.

I don't think I could name a favorite song, because they honestly all sound very similar to each other. But I did thoroughly enjoy this album. It's a fun-filled way to spend about 20 min of your day.

-Rachel Fredrickson

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