[15 July 2008]
Southern-tinged with a hint of Kings of Leon as well as Canadian group Sam Roberts Band, Voxhaul Broadcast excel at creating roots rock numbers that are still simultaneously tight as is the case with the opening title track. Led by guitarist and singer David Dennis, Voxhaul Broadcast moves into a groovier, spacey realm during “Flickering Sparks”. It’s a song that is part Primus and part Pink Floyd. But throughout it all, the band is intent on delivering songs that are high in quality and equally tight, especially “The Backrooms” which is a retro-pop song that Metric might have a better time dealing with. Following a rather mundane and paltry “The Echo”, the group returns with a far better effort during “Why Not” that contains some infectious dance-rock vibes and hues. Perhaps the sleeper pick of this record is “Lipstick Stained Coffee Cups” which is quite restrained and melodic that resembles a B-side by the Dears. And a nice way to cap off the record comes along in “When the Wives Come Home”. There is only one rotten apple in this bunch, the rest are ripe for the picking.