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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Platinum Weird, Gracer, Built For The Sea

Platinum Weird - Make Believe (2006)

After finding a promo CD single from this band with Kara DioGuardi (American Idol) and David Stewart of the Eurythmics both mentioned, I kept an eye out for the full album.

The Verdict: I'm pretty knowledgeable about music but I had never heard of this before. David and Kara teamed up and released an album which pretended to be from 1974 and a precursor to the classic Fleetwood Mac sound. Surprisingly good, most notably the effective and nuanced vocals.

Rating:   12/15

Gracer - Voices Travel (2006)

This indie release was cheap and I liked the cover.

The Verdict: Another surprise, with engaging melodies and a full sound. Lyrically adventurous. Not bad at all. Reminds me of Athlete.

Rating:   11/15







Built For The Sea - Mise En Scene (2008)

I totally bought this for the beautiful art on the digipak, which was even tied with a bow.

The Verdict: A 5 track EP, the first number was nothing special. Halfway through the second track I was thinking about the relative weak vocals against the dark and swirling melodies. I was going to dismiss it but then I thought, if this was a Cure song I'd think it was brilliant alright. With that reference point, I really liked the middle three tracks. So overall  a good, interesting release. Sounds better in the car, actually.

Rating:   8/15

Worthy download:   Gracer - Emily Taylor
Bonus download:   Platinum Weird -  Will You Be Around

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