Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Good Morning Lucy- Through The Night

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Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5.0
Sound: 4.0 of 5.0
Lyrics: 3.0 of 5.0
Release date: Oct 18, 2010
Track Listing:
1. Try
2. Broken
3. Loveless
4. Hardway
5. Three Thirty                       6. Through the Night
                                                        7. Upside Down and Under
                                                        8. Hole

Though this is the band's first release, the members of Good Morning Lucy have been writing music for over a decade. The six-piece packs a full sound and stellar musicianship in their new album Through the Night. Lead by the alto voice of Ben Jones, GML gives you 8 tracks of songs about relationships and life.

The album opens with the track "Try". The lazy beat falls short of really kicking off the song, but is rescued by the full sound three guitars brings. One standout track, "Hardway", brings the familiar Oleander like sound of the late 1990's/early 2000's.  The closing track, "Hole", reminds me of a stripped down version The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes" with lyrics that give you a different and twisted perception of teenage alienation.

The title track shows the catchy song writing the band is really capable of. With two great guitar leads that compliment the vocal melody, and the driving rhythm section makes the song easily the best written on the album. If you are going to play in a band with three guitar players, you better write songs like this. Otherwise, all you do is make the stage smaller.

The production is pretty spot on. With the exception of some unnecessary vocal effects (and drum sounds that seem to make some tracks a little uninteresting), the album is easy to listen to. The vocal harmonies really bring out the already great melodies.

Through the Night makes for a great rainy day album. The subjects of the songs are on the sad side of love, but goes nowhere near the whiney emo side of a depressing break-up. While Good Morning Lucy don't break any new musical ground, they do highlight the sounds that came out of the late 90's. GML brings back music from a time when music didn't have to be complicated or frustrating to listen to. And keeping company with bands like Our Lady Peace, Oleander, and 3rd Eye Blind is not a bad thing. 

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