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Would It Kill You
Would It Kill You
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Price: 6.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenally Fun Indie Pop Rock., 4 Jun 2011
This review is from: Would It Kill You (Audio CD)
Would It kill You is the latest offering from California's Hellogoodbye. Due to an almost entire line up change, Would It Kill You is a major departure from 2006's Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!. The band have lost their childish keyboards, synth and Owl City-esque vocal distortion and have replaced them with 50s college rock style riffs and cheerful ukulele driven melodies. The most impressive thing is that the record was completely self recorded and realised after being dropped from their major record label. Forrest's soft, dreamy vocals make this a perfect summertime classic. The whole style of this album is totally unique and has an innocence about it that reminds me of some of the greatest Buddy Holly records - who was clearly an influence to the band's style both in appearance and sound.
It's a real shame that this wonderful album hasn't received the great acclaim it deserves.


Codes And Keys
Codes And Keys
Price: 10.32

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5.0 out of 5 stars Death Cab's Best Work In Ten Years., 4 Jun 2011
This review is from: Codes And Keys (Audio CD)
The band have come a long way since their lo-fi indie roots. Codes & Keys is by far their most diverse release to date; a far more synth driven record which still includes the trademark indie rock sound that made them famous. The album has everything: catchy, radio friendly tracks like You Are a Tourist and Doors Unlocked and Open. As well as deeper more experimental songs like St Peter's Cathedral and Unobstructed Views. Despite this variety the album flows perfectly from start to finish. I've heard a lot of negativity regarding the use of vocal effects, but I feel this brings a eerie uniqueness to the record and takes nothing away from Ben's distinct vocals. I was disappointed with 2008's Narrow Stairs, so I'm overjoyed that the band have redeemed themselves with this wonderful release. More than worthy of 5 stars.


Crazy For You
Crazy For You

4.0 out of 5 stars A 60s Beach Dream., 4 Jun 2011
This review is from: Crazy For You (Audio CD)
The perfect soundtrack for a scorching summer's day on the beach; The soft dreamy vocals accompany the 60s garage style guitar riffs wonderfully.
Crazy for you has a unique retro sound to it that I haven't heard from a modern record in a long time. Those reviewers claiming the production values are poor are completely missing the point in that's it's made to feel like an independent recording from the past. Definitely recommended to fans of surf rock bands like The Beach Boys.


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