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China Drum

The British have had a tenuous relationship with the hard rockin genres of music. Their sensibility for pop seems to supersede the need to rock out. China Drum challenges this notion with a strong helping of rockin' out to go with your pop. This trio culls from similar territory as Therapy? and the Jam to create a stellar mixture of catchiness that tends to be loud.

Some of the catchiest tunes are the loudest. "Cloud 9" is pure pop played at extreme volume and throttle. Through all the noise, the sing-a-long qualities remain. "Simple" is another example of this philosophy of speed and pop. Mixing it up a bit is "(Had a Good Idea On) Monday" that pulls the throttle back a bit and draws the chorus out longer. All the songs show the prowess of the trio. "Fall Into Place" shows how the bass riffing caries the melodic feel of the song as the guitar drives along. Drumming is strong and inventive throughout the record as Adam Lee sings as he pounds away at the skins, recalling Therapy? at times. Mid-tempo tunes like "God Bets" offer momentary diversions from the full bore attack. One thing all the songs have in common is that catchy chorus. "Pictures" is one that builds steadily at the song goes on, peaking in a guitar grind at the chorus. The neatest treat on the record is the hidden cover of the Kate Bush staple "Wuthering Heights." These boys breathe a new bombastic fire into this classic and give it a new life and style of their own without violating the spirit of the original.

Goosefair is the kind of pop you can be proud to say you Buy. The tight songwriting and blazing guitars keep it loud without being punk or metal. Good loud pop for when you're feeling frisky.

-tom topkoff

Track Listing:

1. Can't Stop These Things
2. Cloud 9
3. Fall Into Place
4. Situation
5. Simple
6. Biscuit Barrel FMR
7. God Bets
8. Pictures
9. Find The Time
10. (Had A Good Idea On) Monday
11. Last Chance
12. Take It Back
13. Meaning (Acoustic)
14. Better Than Me

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