1. Victim of Circumstance - She Bears: Sort of reminds me of a slightly mellower Arcade Fire? Thumbs Up. 2. Nomads - I think this might grow on me. I'm not a huge fan of this style of breathy male vocals. Didn't hate it, didn't love it. Had a weird fade out at the end though. Suspect band might suffer from "don't know how to end a song ever" syndrome. 3. She Had a Knife! - This Drama: Not sure what to call this, indi-neo-punk? Shrug. It was kind of cute but it made me feel old. 4. Lights On - Lions Rampant: I think I might like other songs by this band better. I didn't hate the vocalist and there were musical aspects I liked. The refrain did not work for me and I found it irritating. Another weird fade out. 5. Hope - Moonlit Sailor: Instrumental! I know this one will grow on me. Thumbs up. 6. Forgot Love- Public Radio: If They Might be Giants and Asia had a baby... I don't think it would be very cute. Song is about a minute too long and feels drastically different at the end vs. the beginning and not in a way that worked for me. 7. Live Right - Papermoons: Vocalist irritates me. Reminds me of every whiny poet boy who bitches about how every girl he's ever loved hasn't loved him in back without admitting that talking to the girls at some point might have been useful. No, I know the song isn't about that at all... 8. 8105 - Moving Mountains: This track does not appear to be mixed right. Guitar is too loud and too repetitive for its prominence. I would like it OK if it was mixed better... but it isn't. 9. Stars Evading - Cari Clara: Another breathy male vocalist in a middle pitch range. I can deal with breathy in a very low pitch range but this just feels like someone is whacking my brain with a hairbrush. Not bad, just not for me. 10. Everyone Comes to Life - Goonies Never say Die: Instrumental - Indi/Epic Rock sort of feel, but no vocals. Liked it will add it to personal mixes. Bonus points for band name. 11. Trial By Fire - Nathan Xander: A country flavored Rufus Wainwrighty sort of deal (though guitar and not piano). The mix seems a tiny bit off (but not as bad as the other) maybe recorded live-style? They are note sequences that really bug me and he pronounces some words in ways that jostle my brain. I cringed too many times to enjoy this. 12. Savior - Late Night Condition: A little generic Pop Rock mainstream radio fare for my taste. 13. Prisms 1 - Down to Earth: Numetally song also too generic and repetitive for my taste. Didn't seem to fit with the other offerings on the album so far. 14. Heart - Track A Tiger: Reminds me of Islands a little. Liked the violin part at the end the best. Not really my thing, but I won't click it off the play list. 15: The Connection - Ride Your Bike: A very marketable song. Vocalist is distinctive. Doesn't irritate me, I wouldn't flip off the radio if it came on but I don't think I'd go looking for it. 16. Don't Fail Me - Desoto Jones - Reminds me a little of Green Day just less... uhm Green Day-ey? I feel at least a decade too old to enjoy this. I just don't have the angst I did, and I have plenty of angst songs from my own wasted youth to use nostalgically 17. The Regret - 500 Miles to Memphis: Absolutely fun. Lots of energy, sort of a bluesgrassy rock. Makes me think seeing this band live would be awesome. 18. Car Lights - Papermoons: Vocalist is less irritating in this song. I believe I would still push him over if I found him there.. on the edge. A really weird song to end the album on. Seriously someone loves the fade outs... (though it didn't seem weird on this one).
After seeing a snippet about them on MTV2 and catching a video of theirs off Comcast On-Demand, I went out and picked up the album Age of Winters (amazon.com) by a new Doom-Metal band called The Sword. I really like this CD.