Reverse

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by David Fufkin

 

Reverse reminds me of 1980s college alternative pop: kind of a cross between The Psychedelic Furs, The Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen. The singer is a dead ringer sound wise for the lead singer from The Cure, except this singer is from Wilmington, North Carolina. I wonder where he got the British accent?

The design of the package is very nice. Like I said, I like the singer’s voice. It’s strong in that Richard Butler way. If I try really hard to imagine it, I can visualize lying on my bed in my dorm room in college hearing this stuff between Modern English and Flock of Seagulls on my college radio station.

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A standout track is “complex conversation.” The songs have that repetitive droning guitar sound with vocals dripping with reverb.

Now, here is the bad news. In the last few tracks, I am hoping that they were attempting to achieve a hip dissonant sound because the guitars sounded completely out of tune to me. Rule No. 1 before going into the studio: have the intonation checked on the guitars. Sorry, but one of the guitars used to make this record is pretty out of tune, and off when playing certain chords, a sure sign of intonation problems. It distracted me. Bottom line: please, next recording session, get the guitars set up. It is very cheap at any music store. Then, tune up carefully.

Overall, this is a good record. You may not notice the guitar thing, but it made me nuts. Did I mention that I really liked the singer’s voice? Seriously, fans of ‘80s alternative pop may like this. I encourage fans of ‘80s alternative pop to check it out.

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