The Marble Index

Watch Your Candles, Watch Your Knives

by Evan Sawdey

29 January 2008

 

If you’re old enough to remember MTV’s 120 Minutes or that moment right after grunge gave way to ‘90s alt-rock (think Everclear minus the angst), then you are required to buy Watch Your Candles, Watch Your Knives, the second album from The Marble Index. Opening with a trio of top-notch riff-rockers where attitude only occasionally dances around with the delirious pop melody, the band harkens back to a day when rock radio wasn’t so full of itself: instant hipster parties beamed straight from your portable CD player. “All That I Know” reminds me of when Nada Surf was a bit more rollicking, “We Always Complain” sounds suspiciously like the Death Cab for Cutie B-side “World Shut Your Mouth”, and the rest remind you of how awesome Imperial Teen were before the Jawbreaker soundtrack hit. Watch Your Candles gets a bit bogged down in the final stretch, and Brad Germain’s world-weary lyrics are both familiar and dull at the same time, but when the band manages to create such a great, spirited rock record like this, who’s one to split hairs?

Watch Your Candles, Watch Your Knives

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