Friday, October 19, 2007

The A-Sides, Silver Storms

So you probably haven't heard of The A-sides. Maybe you were lucky enough to catch them with Ted Leo recently, but they are worth finding. They have a new album out, "Silver Storms", and it's good. If you want to know what they sound like, think "Everything All the Time" Band of Horses mixed with The Walkman. It's lush sweeping relaxed sound that just takes over your ears. The vocals are perfect for their sound; he just seems comfortable singing. And what more can you ask of anyone? The combined relaxing melodies and vocals make the album a perfect listen for anytime you just want some down time.

Standout tracks:

Diamonds: This is one that stuck with me at the concert. It's one of those songs with the sweeping guitar in the background and passion in the lyrics. I really feel at a loss for words on how to describe this one, but it's one of my favorites on the album.

My Heroes Have Always Been Crazy: In addition to having a great title, this track is a nice simple song with a tambourine keeping time. It builds for a bit before going into a nice instrumental ending.

Sinking With The Ship: Another one of the songs I remember from the concert. The closer of the album. The perfect place for their sound; you have organs, violins, guitar and cymbals. The lyrics "We're all sinking with the ship/we all taste the salt on our lips" is tragic, but calming. It's as if we're happy to finally be done, we need the break ahead of us.

Again, I suggest you look out for this band, with two albums under their belts, I can really only expect better things to come.

Grade: A-

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