Grand Hotel - The Explorers Club
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  • Band members: Jason Brewer
  • Summary: Leading up to Grand Hotel, the South Carolina rock band's second full-length album, the group released three EPs in 2011 named The Californian, Carolina, and the New Yorker Suites.
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  1. 80
    Grand Hotel is remarkable not just as a present day artistic piece, but also as homage to what many people consider the greatest music ever made.
  2. Feb 15, 2012
    One of the most impressive aspects of the whole endeavor is the fact that a bunch of South Carolina musicians were able to spiritually transport themselves so definitively to a Southern California state of mind.
  3. Feb 15, 2012
    A musical time machine. [Mar 2012, p.82]
  4. 50
    It is something of a feat in 2012 to take ingredients from decades ago and serve them up impressively (and non-ironically), but without being in on the joke, the Club gets swallowed up in a wall of pet sounds.
  5. Feb 15, 2012
    The main problem with most of the songs on Grand Hotel stem from The Explorers Club's inability to moderate pretty much anything.
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  1. Apr 26, 2012
    The second album - "Grand Hotel" in the career of The Explorers Club formation is fifteen-track medley of composition in various styles. Here we have a typically mediterranean lounge ("Acapulco", "Any Little Way"), maintained in the surf rock "Run Run Run" and the title-track "Grand Hotel", country ballad "Bluebird" or rock and roll "Anticipatin" with exposed role of backing vocals and sometimes distinctive on foreground guitar solos. Maybe the album is not high-levels, but worth hearing. Expand