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Starry Saints: Serenade- This is electric rock in the same vein as The Killers, except that they don’t really have as much of the groove The Killers have and always have more than one thing going on at the same time musically. The album starts out strong, though, with “Angels” showing what this band can do when they push. They sound best when they are trying to do the most they can, and sadly I feel like they don’t do that often enough on this album to truly recommend it. Parts of it just blend together into the back of your mind (and not in the good way), and that unfortunate fact is what really separates them from the top tier in my view.

Brutes: Wonderous Punch- This is a rock (with a few punk tinges) album with a great sense of rhythm and some very strong hooks. There is, though, some pretty strong difference in quality between some of the tracks, with “Yourspace” and “Easter Island” being the strongest. In tracks like this, the band goes up-tempo and reminds the listener of how good rock can be. My strongest criticism is that some of the tracks can be a little repetitive at times, as if the band was trying to make the songs longer than they should be. Nonetheless, I would still recommend this, as its strengths greatly outweigh its detriments.

Wolf Gang: Wolf Gang EP- This is one the favorite EPs I’ve listened to recently, and my only disappointment was that it wasn’t longer. Nearly all of the tracks are incredibly catchy and shows the band’s great sense of timing. The vocals are excellent, with no problem reaching the higher notes needed to give the songs their uplifting quality. The opening track, “Lions in Cages,” is outstanding and just grabbed me when I first heard it. There are two versions of the song “Dancing With The Devil,” the better of which I feel is the one featuring Kyla La Grange (although the other is still good). The two tracks marked as demos certainly didn’t feel like demos in the least, it makes me wonder what the finished product sounds like. I really hope to be able to hear more from this band in the future.

Jas Patrick: Working On My Soul- This album is some blues-rock music that has been mixed with about everything I can think of (except maybe opera). When I heard the sitar on the opening track (also the title track), had no idea what I was in for. Luckily, it turned out to be some really interesting stuff, at least near the beginning of the album where the experimentation and genre-blending takes place. After this it’s more straight blues-country-rock, but it’s still not bad at all. It gets a little repetitive in places, and at about an hour I feel as though the record could have been trimmed a bit, but it doesn’t destroy the enjoyment you get from listening. It’s not absolutely phenomenal across the board, but it’s fun and interesting and worth the listen.

Those Darlins: Screws Get Loose- What we have here is a rock album with a female vocalist with very heavy punk influences all over the place. There are repetitive riffs, lowbrow humor in the lyrics, and nothing taken too seriously. It comes across as pretty average, really, except for a southern flavoring, it’s nothing that really stands out to me. I can’t necessarily remember any of the tracks standing out to me, and out of 12 tracks something really should stand out. You may like it if you’re into punk music, but other than that give it a pass.


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