Positive: 0 out of 1
Mixed: 1 out of 1
Negative: 0 out of 1
Nov 24, 2013This album is quite underwhelming, which is disappointing for a group, and a singer-songwriter like Church, with such potential.
Indie rock bands have the difficult job of trying to create a style unique enough to attract a niche audience. Unfortunately Sea Wolf has failed to continue what they did right in their previous efforts (beautiful composition and interesting dynamics) and accentuated the flat aspects of their music. Melodically, the majority of the tracks are uninspired. Church has a fine voice, but without original lyrics it drags along like any pop singer-songwriter. The lyrics of the album, oftentimes contemplating themes of direction in life as well as past decisions, fall into the cliché of pop music and could easily be successful on Billboard if the album was more up-tempo. I don’t mean that as a compliment. The percussion work is reminiscent of early Phoenix, utilizing a stylized drum machine sound. It isn’t anything fresh or sophisticated when it needs to carry the track (which is often) and you get the feeling that the group believes deviating from standard rhythms can make up for a heartless melody or lyric. It doesn’t.
I sincerely hope the group reevaluates their direction and chooses to experiment more. Maybe then they can rediscover originality and celebrate what makes indie rock fun- surprises.… Full Review »