Quiet Life makes me glad its kind of cold outside. With a sound similar to Bright Eyes if Conor Oberst grew some balls, the band takes the familiar folk/pop/rock fusion and manages to retain some originality in the end. I like this, but I think I would have liked it even more a few years ago. Something about a quartet of cute young lads with an affinity for snap-button Western shirts and writing in lowercase letters mostly appeals to me out of college-era nostalgia.
The album begins with music that is slow and sad, but my favorite track is number three, Spinning like a Wreck. The raw and moody vocals and simple-but-loud guitar sound had me tapping my feet and wanting to hang out in a basement during a Connecticut winter. Or maybe that was just their press photos. Just kidding!
The closing Down by the Water continues the rock-oriented style, and it has a memorable fireworks-style ending that makes me think these guys probably like to show off. Thats okay, though. I bet Quiet Life will be a hit. Ill be looking out for their next release.
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