I Was Totally Destroying It

Preludes

by Chris Conaton

20 June 2011

 
cover art

I Was Totally Destroying It

Preludes

(Greyday)
US: 12 Apr 2011
UK: 12 Apr 2011

I Was Totally Destroying It’s third album starts off with the anthemic “Wrecking Ball”, a song that is unfortunately sabotaged a bit by singer John Booker’s vocal resemblance to Weird Al Yankovic. Luckily for the band, Rachel Hirsh handles the majority of lead vocals on the album, and Booker only sounds like Al when he’s really belting it out. Preludes is otherwise a solid album from top to bottom, boosted by Booker’s strong songwriting, and good musicianship from the whole band. Most of the songs are upbeat rockers like the catchy “Control”, which features a strong vocal from Hirsh as well as pounding drums and hook-filled guitars. The light, poppy “When Chaos Comes” jangles like a mid-‘90s alternative band, while “Fight/Flight” is a bit darker, with tension-filled guitars and tasteful piano interludes. I Was Totally Destroying It aren’t breaking any new ground here, but it’s nice to hear a straightforward rock album that’s well-written and good the whole way through, without songs that feel like filler.

Preludes

Rating:

 

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times.

//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Counterbalance: Elvis Costello's 'Imperial Bedroom'

// Sound Affects

"History repeats the old conceits, the glib replies, the same defeats. Keep your finger on important issues, and keep listening to the 275th most acclaimed album of all time. A 1982 masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.

READ the article