The Morgansterns

No Talking

by David Maine

5 April 2011

 

No frills rock 'n' roll, grunge/alt variety

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The Morgansterns

No Talking

(Microhits, Inc)
US: 25 Jan 2011
UK: 25 Jan 2011

The Morgansterns don’t exactly rewrite the alt-rock songbook on their debut LP, but what they do, they do very well. Vocals are ragged without being grating, and the classic-by-way-of-grunge guitar attack is filled out with thumping rhythms, organ accents and soaring melodies. Album opener “Torn in Two” launches the proceedings effectively, but it’s Crazy Horse-esque rockers “Stop Draggin’” and “Big Time” that do the heavy lifting. The album’s back half winds down a bit, with slower tunes like “The Dreamer” and “Waiting to Begin” predominating. They’re compelling enough in their way, when the band doesn’t try too hard to sound like Springsteen, but the sense of anticlimax is almost inevitable given the album’s strong start. Despite that, this record gives notice that there’s still some life in those old rock ‘n’ roll bones yet.

No Talking

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