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Label: Merge Records - MRG329 • Format: CD Album, Promo • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Alternative Rock
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The big, bright guitars, lush and sweet vocal harmonies, and huge, friendly hooks called to mind bands like Girls + Boys - Dump - That Skinny Motherfucker With The High Voice? Fanclub or Beachwood Sparks ; bands who sound Californian through and through, in other words.

On the follow-up, Now or Heaventhey strip almost all of the sunshine out of their sound. The big chiming guitars are replaced with thinner, almost Spartan tones, the drums are often provided by machines, and the optimistic feel of the record has vanished. The template for the group's sound has shifted from sunny indie rock to more dramatic and precise indie rock. Luckily though the quality of the songcraft remains mostly undiminished, and if you can weather the sea change in sound, Now or Heaven is worth a listen.

The best songs, like the jumpy opener "Gwen, Now and Then," the quietly urgent "Embassy Row," or the energetic "Perfect Games" could have, with a few more guitars added, fit in fine on the debut. Most of the rest are good, no-thrills indie rock with The Broken West - Now Or Heaven a couple of tracks that really fall flat. Sure, bands should progress and change things up so they don't keep making the same record over and over but, really, another record that sounded as good as I Can't Go On would have been OK.

It would have been welcomed with smiles and sunshine even. As it is, Now or Heaven is good enough but too derivative and uneven to be seen as anything other than a mild disappointment. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript.

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  2. The Broken West once worked overtime to sound sunny, but Now Or Heaven suggests it was really more of an autumnal band all along. With 's I Can't Go On, I'll Go On, L.A. foursome The Broken West presented itself as a solid though unspectacular retro-leaning pop-rock outfit, sort of like Fountains Of Wayne minus the huswynbaktilararcanebrand.infoinfo: Steven Hyden.
  3. Sep 19,  · The Broken West – Now Or Heaven With the amount of time that the Broken West spent on the road supporting their debut I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On (review), one would expect the band to pull out the leftovers for album number two.
  4. Sep 08,  · The Broken West were an indie rock band which formed in in Los Angeles, California, United States.
  5. Sep 12,  · Now or Heaven is hardly a failure for the Broken West. But I think we can hope for better from this straightforward indie rock group in the future.5/
  6. Mar 22,  · Stream Now or Heaven by The Broken West and tens of millions of other songs on all your devices with Amazon Music Unlimited. Exclusive discount for Prime members.5/5(3).
  7. The Broken West's debut album I Can't Go On, I'll Go On was full of sunshine. The big, bright guitars, lush and sweet vocal harmonies, and huge, friendly hooks called to mind bands like Teenage Fanclub or Beachwood Sparks; bands who sound Californian through and through, in other words.6/

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