Album Review : Deadlines
Artist : The Orange Strips
Genre : Rock
Date of Released ; 2014
The first song “The Gift” made my eyebrows raised. I was expecting some kind of a parody here considering that you can associate the band’s name with those bands bearing names of colors like Green Day, The Black Keys, and The White Stipes. It has a good guitar riff however, it is safe to assume that the band tries to remain in the shadow of The Black Keys, Arctic Monkey, and other current popular rock bands now.
But, “A Long Cold Year” will make you consider giving this band more serious listening effort as the vocals here is quite throaty and dreamy; really complements song title. “History” has Beck like guitar showdown with synth background that feels like an echo ringing behind your ears. By the time you reach the song “Echoes” you now have this nagging question if the vocals were delivered by David Gray or Paolo Nuttini; is the throaty effect intentional or not?
It is in “No Time To Be Cool” that you finally realized that this band has its own persona. The song is trip hop and rock combo. “Lights Out” will make you say thank God and appreciate that it is okay for the lead vocal to sound like Gray or Nuttini as their own brand of rock performance is not only tolerable but you can say that this is the record that makes a nice introduction to rock music for those who are still adverse with the genre.
“Suffocate in Love” “Slow Down When You Have Enough,” and “Banks Abroad” can be considered as compromise song between artistry and commercialism. These are the songs that should be distributed to radio and make the band popular; upbeat that sounds like merging of EDM and rock.
With a lot of listenable songs, I rate this record 3.5 stars out 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it