Label: Merge Records - MRG329 • Format: CD Album, Promo • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Alternative Rock
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.
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