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Review: medications - all your desired colonize in one place - music

 

One of the most fascinating aspects of music is how by a long way it can transform one's mood. The right notes, at the right tempo, and all of a sudden, BAM! You're in a good mood. This 3 piece from Washington, DC knows closely how to pull this off. Consisting of members of the now dead band "Faraquet", Medications oddly enough, sounds a lot like Faraquet. It's atypical how a band consisting of the same musicians can sound very similar. After the Faraquet crumble 2 of the founding members bent Medications and while the sound is very similar, the new third wheel does add some new essentials into the mix. A mere 6 months since the announcement of their Medications EP, they have returned with their first full extent Your darling ancestors all in one place existing now on Dischord.

While the music on this album does sound a lot like Faraquet and the Medications EP, the eccentric time signatures and complex vocal lines are briefly apt a thing of the past, the songwriting maintains that same dry, yet adept feel, but it seems the band is bit by bit annoying to forge a new identity. The album begins with Surprise! Which is arguably the definite most aperture track of all time, opening off as every 70s rock concert ended, a solid 4/4 beat with ascending guitars and thundering drums. Any band that has the guts to open their disc with a rock and roll closing moments gets extra points from me.

The construction and dumbed down songwriting of this album is to some extent disappointing, if of choice you are a classic rock fan. You can evidently hear the change of early rock bands like Led Zeppelin, both on the production, and the songwriting. With pulsation that is very redolent of Bonzo and very thin, vintage guitar tones. The album, just as the EP and all Faraquet bits and pieces beforehand it, has a very raw and uncut feel to it. Not raw in the St. Anger "we didn't even try" sense, but more along the lines of a live recording, the band sounds tight, but you can still pick out the before a live audience nuances of each member, generous the band a very 'real' sound. If you're sick of pro-tools albums, this just might fit your prescription. (Pun intended, zing)

I think the classic rock authority shines strongest on the albums 9th track, I am the Collect the breach opinion drops into a guitar riff that just screams Jimmy Page from miles away. You can about see the band the stage it in your head, after near 2 log of beginning guitar noodling, the lyrics at last enter and the guitar takes a much desirable break. The pulse actually takes over on this track, as the guitar feedbacks at some stage in the verses and allows the drums and bass to dictate the rest of the song.

Your beloved colonize all in one place may not be a bold step into new territory for this DC trio, but there's naught wrong with a slow evolution. The music is solid and the band still appeals to their core fans while running to linger fresh and interesting.

Overall: 7. 1

Chris Elkjar is the creator of 'trust. me' an online music magazine for the enthusiast. He spends all of his spare time absorbed in music, be it inscription reviews, interviews with most important bands or characters his own music.

For more of his writing, check out Trust-Me. ca - Music for robots


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