Archive for September, 2010
Lee Zimmerman of Amplifier Magazine reviews our latest album, ‘7.’ Review is below:
Has it really been seven albums already? Stephen Butler and company seem to be picking up the pace, and if they haven’t quite pierced the collective consciousness, happily, they’re still intent on moving forward. Replicating the cover of the Beatles Revolver album may seem like an audacious attempt to seize the spotlight, but it’s nothing that’s not deserved. While the new disc doesn’t necessarily boast the same degree of evolution as the Fab Four did at this point in their song cycle – notably, opening tracks “Win It All” and “How Can You Say?” each exercise the standard power pop regimen – there are hints that Smash Palace may be inspired by the Beatles’ blueprint after all. The looping melody and wafting harmonies of “Human Kind” and the sneering Lennon-like vocal of “All in Love is Fair” clearly draw their parallels. Nevertheless, this is hardly an attempt to emulate any one outfit in particular. The whimsical set of circumstance that flows through “Secret Life” references the wistful air of Village Green-era Kinks, just as the crunching chords of “Dead End Street” parallel the early Who. So too, the forthright piano ballad “Holding Out for You” and the dreamy, cushy “Bridge of Sighs” suggest their own air of euphoria. Seven albums on, Smash Palace has developed into a reliable commodity, one that reckons to make its mark every step of the way.