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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for The Bad Ends, the rock band that includes R.E.M.'s Bill Berry, Five Eight's Mike Manitone, Curly Maple's Christian Lopez, Josh Joplin Group's Geoff Melkonian, and Dave Domizi was recorded at Espresso Machine Studio in Athens, GA.
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  1. Uncut
    Jan 23, 2023
    The Power & The Glory never sounds morose. ... Mantione invests the sentiment with immense compassion and concern. [Feb 2023, p.25]
  2. Jan 23, 2023
    While their debut, The Power And The Glory, is not necessarily treading new ground, it is still a remarkably satisfying collection of straight-ahead college rock songs. Mantione’s vocals are solid, but it’s the unexpected lyrical turns that almost all of the songs take that make the band so compelling.
  3. Jan 23, 2023
    The enthusiasm of the execution helps keep The Power and the Glory from sounding like an exercise in nostalgia, as do Mantione's earnest, unguarded songs: this is music that exists entirely in its own moment, not as part of the past.
  4. 70
    Lead track “Mile Marker 29” gets things off to a rousing start courtesy of the song’s riveting refrain. The tangled tapestry of “All Your Friends Are Dying” doesn’t offer the most promising premise, but it’s intriguing nevertheless. Still, when the band slows the tempo and recasts the proceedings with some mellower melodies, the album truly hints at greater glories.
  5. Mojo
    Jan 23, 2023
    Despite the occasional maudlin drift, The Bad ends meet rapturous ends when they rally against impending darkness. [Feb 2023, p.85]
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