The Reports sound like just about every other easy-going modern rock band, but that’s why they work. Spirited and melodic, The Reports are fun without a challenge. Although it may lack a uniqueness, Run Into the Night isn’t derivative, but honors its genre with its laid-back rock, and that is enough to make it good.
With jangling guitars and teasing vocals, The Reports don’t seem to take themselves seriously while still maintaining sincerity. While far from being insensitive party rock, Run Into the Night‘s tales of troubled love still have a sense of self-awareness about them. The pain is there, but they keep a sense of humor about their situations, giving each of these tales a charming quality. Their honestly, while sometimes bordering on cluelessness, is always sweet.
This slightly insecure nature of their music is complimented by their lyrics. In the bouncy “Turtleneck Sweater”, the answer to all their love woes seems to be a turtleneck sweater. “I was going to call you because I was sitting in a turtleneck sweater and I was looking so good” sings Chris Yambor, only partially aware of how silly it sounds. All of The Reports’ songs have this same essence.
While they are mostly dedicated to their mix of power pop and rock, The Reports do play with some sonic textures on Run Into the Night. The hushed synthesized backdrop of “You’ve Got a Long Way to Go” is nothing revolutionary, but still gives a quiet beauty to the song. The drum loops on “This Is Computer” provide a complimentary atmosphere for the track. Even though The Reports’ strength lies in their ability to create straightforward rock, songs like these illustrate that they do have a deeper talent. The Reports’ Run Into the Night is not the most memorable release, but it still sticks with you. It does not aspire to be more than kind-hearted music, and it succeeds in that. While The Reports lack that large charisma that would otherwise make them into the potential “next big thing”, they play the music that your friends would make, and that’s all they need to make them worth hearing.
// Notes from the Road
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