Make a Friend
So get ready to hop up and down if you find yourself about to listen to Recliners Make a Friend, their debut album, a poppy-punk jamboree of rock, sprinkled with radio-friendly vocal harmonies and guitar melodies. Take the Offsprings guitar tone, bass vibe and singing style, mesh it with some Nirvana hooks, and some Misfits riffs, and youll have Recliner. Its kind of unavoidable to like Recliner because the tracks are just catchy.
I have to say that I was quite relieved that this album was more or less straightforward rock. With most of the albums I get for review, I fight my way through feedback and droning noises to find the song. Here on Recliners Make a Friend, the songs are laid out nice and simple; two guitars, bass and drums - no big frills, which is good. Sometimes I think bands forget how to just rock out, and this is not the case with Recliner. The boys in this band do a good job of representing themselves as strong performers. The one added touch to this record is the large number of vocal harmonies, which add such nice nuances to the tracks.
The tracks that really work, Making a Friend, All Pleasure, Sweet Julie Lynn and a covere of The Whos The Kids are Alright. Making a Friend is a smart opening track that brings you in with a clever hook that builds up to the rockin chorus; it leaves you with hopeful anticipation for what is to come. For All Pleasure, the band did a video that showcases the boys sense of humor displaying Jesus at a party winning at quarters, hanging with girls, and saving the day. Sweet Julie Lynn is a just a fun song: I remembered she offered me a whiskey/ Then inquired to as whether I was friskyThen I passed out, which in retrospect was bad. Make a Friend is simply a good, fun rock-out album worthy of your listen.
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