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This week I bought 'Take Pride In Your Long Odds' by Centro-Matic because as far as I could see there was not a brand 'new' release & this was one I almost plumped for earlier in the year. It is one that has interested me for a while since I listened to the clips on iTunes at the time of it's release, however I found it a bit of a let-down, maybe due to the anticipation building up.


It kicks off with the instrumental title track which is very bangy, drums and percussion building throughout & does give the impression something auspicious is about to begin.


The next song 'Every Mission' seems to be the best seller on iTunes so presumably the single. It kicks on from the first tune, picking up the pace a bit. It's all a hybrid of 'Rock' & 'Americana' I think anyway. His voice sounds a bit like the guy from Richmond Fontaine with bits of Arcade Fire thrown in to me.


The most upbeat song so far, 'Salty Disciple' is next, the 'It's Alright' part reminds me of a 'Stereophonics' single.


Songs 4 through to 10 all clock in at less than 3 minutes each!


Cross Path treads a similar path to 'very Mission'. It's all ok but not very memorable to me.


'Anything Torn Out' is a bit more of a power ballad I guess swiftly followed by the more souped up 'Academy Of Lunkers' & the similar 'Calling You Glad'


I quite like 'Cynthia Glass' which has a bass line to it, although I'm not sure what it all means. 'Hey There' Straps' is a nice almost acoustic ballad and is followed by a return to the guitar led sounds with 'Relative Unto The Aces'


I like 'On The Ride Back' more which starts off upbeat, then breaks down into a slower section before picking up again, although I don't like the ending of it much, it's the longest song too clocking in at almost 5 & a half minutes.


I like the final track 'Through The Fog, Then Down' even more with it's feedback guitar sounds. This is a decent album, just not great.


Here's 'Salty Disciple' which is fairly typical of the album:



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This week I bought 'Take Pride In Your Long Odds' by Centro-Matic because as far as I could see there was not a brand 'new' release & this was one I almost plumped for earlier in the year. It is one that has interested me for a while since I listened to the clips on iTunes at the time of it's release, however I found it a bit of a let-down, maybe due to the anticipation building up.


It kicks off with the instrumental title track which is very bangy, drums and percussion building throughout & does give the impression something auspicious is about to begin.


The next song 'Every Mission' seems to be the best seller on iTunes so presumably the single. It kicks on from the first tune, picking up the pace a bit. It's all a hybrid of 'Rock' & 'Americana' I think anyway. His voice sounds a bit like the guy from Richmond Fontaine with bits of Arcade Fire thrown in to me.


The most upbeat song so far, 'Salty Disciple' is next, the 'It's Alright' part reminds me of a 'Stereophonics' single.


Songs 4 through to 10 all clock in at less than 3 minutes each!


Cross Path treads a similar path to 'very Mission'. It's all ok but not very memorable to me.


'Anything Torn Out' is a bit more of a power ballad I guess swiftly followed by the more souped up 'Academy Of Lunkers' & the similar 'Calling You Glad'


I quite like 'Cynthia Glass' which has a bass line to it, although I'm not sure what it all means. 'Hey There' Straps' is a nice almost acoustic ballad and is followed by a return to the guitar led sounds with 'Relative Unto The Aces'


I like 'On The Ride Back' more which starts off upbeat, then breaks down into a slower section before picking up again, although I don't like the ending of it much, it's the longest song too clocking in at almost 5 & a half minutes.


I like the final track 'Through The Fog, Then Down' even more with it's feedback guitar sounds. This is a decent album, just not great.


Here's 'Salty Disciple' which is fairly typical of the album:



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And is that a wrap?? Loved the reviews ! Big effort there bossman!

One more week, Monday still being 2014.

I think I have one, or else I'll go back to something that's been recommended to me

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Ok yeah!! I got carried away and list track of the days and dates!! Ha ha!!

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This week I bought 'Talking Dreams' by 'Echosmith' & in a word it's......................decent


They are a young (age range 15-21) band of siblings from LA, sister (vocalist) Sydney & 3 brothers who play & write their own Indie Rock songs.


They cite bands like U2, Coldplay, Fleetwood Mac & Echo & The Bunnymen as influences but the sounds I hear in the album are more 'Imagine Dragons' The Corrs (possibly) & Taylor Swift (every time I hear the single 'Cool Kids' I am reminded of her voice).


I have to say that there's not that much variation within this album. It's more pop/rock to my ears. They find a beat & rhythm & stick with it pretty much throughout so if you've heard & enjoy 'Cool Kids' you'll probably feel the same about most of it.




So it starts off with 3 upbeat poppy rock songs 'Come Together', 'Let's Love' & the single 'Cool Kids'. They are fairly innocent teenage relationship/love songs with Cool Kids being more of a 'want to fit in with the crowd' type message I guess.


'March Into The Sun' (which I like) has a little more tempo change to it with a slower section before the pop beats kick in. Come with me is a moreof a syncopated drum led song.


'Bright' is a bit different, less instruments make it sound more folky, more acoustic. It's another which sounds like lighter Taylor Swift to me, but a potential single in my view.


Title track 'Talking Dreams' is next up, about making the most of life, grabbing it & running with it.


'Tell Her You Love Her' is another upbeat pop song & 'Ran Off Into The Night' is a bit more guitar led the instrumental part being a bit like 'The War On Drugs' or 'Kings Of Leon' maybe.


'Nothing's Wrong' has a little 'Vampire Weekend' (in the verse), a little 'Imagine Dragons' (in the chorus) in it's feel to me.


'Safest Place' seems to be more of an anti love song, saying you're safer away from me, but still set to the same musical feel.


Finally 'Surround You' is an attempt at a slow building ballad to finish with, to try and have more gravitas. I suppose it just about pulls off being a little different to the rest of the album.


Overall I reckon Echosmith could go either way, develop into a full career, or just as easily fall off the radar. Maybe they'll make it as they have the ability to play their own stuff, write their own tunes and Sydney had a good solid voice for a young'un. As with a lot of younger bands it'll be making that move from a teenybopper audience to an older one that determines their longevity ultimately.


For now though, this is a decent enough beginning and I was pleased to be able to end my 'cd a week' project with a proper 'new release'


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The final list of what I've bought each week in 2014:


30/12/13 - 'Seasons In The Abyss' by Slayer (Re-Issue)

06/01/14 - 'Wig Out At Jagbags' by Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, also got 'Naming The Darkness' by Gray & Wyatt

13/01/14 - 'High Hopes' by Bruce Springsteen, also got 'Has God Seen My Shadow (Anthology)' by Mark Lanegan

20/01/14 - 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues' by Against Me

27/01/14 - 'No Depression' (Re-Issue) by Uncle Tupelo

03/02/14 - 'Augustines' by Augustines

10/02/14 - 'The River & The Thread' by Rosanne Cash

17/02/14 - The Whippoorwill' by Blackberry Smoke

24/02/14 - 'Bad Self Portraits' by 'Lake Street Dive, also got 'Manhattan' by 'Skaters'

03/03/14 - 'English Oceans' by 'Drive-By Truckers'

10/03/14 - 'The Take Off & Landing Of Everything' by 'Elbow'

17/03/14 - 'Oh, What A Life ' by 'American Authors'

24/03/14 - 'Teeth Dreams' by 'The Hold Steady, also got 'Going Back Home' by Wilko Johnson/Roger Daltrey

31/03/14 - 'Out Among The Stars' by Johnny Cash, also got 'Education, Education, Education & War' by The Kaiser Chiefs

07/04/14 - 'Tremors' by Sohn

14/04/14 - 'Caustic Love' by Paolo Nutini

21/04/14 - 'The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett' by Eels, also got 'Rented World' by The Menzingers

28/04/14 - 'Indie Cindy' by 'Pixies'

05/05/14 - 'Magic Mountain' by 'Black Stone Cherry'

12/05/14 - 'Turn Blue' by The Black Keys, also got 'Half The City' by 'St Paul & The Broken Bones'

19/05/14 - 'Upside Down Monutain' by Conor Oberst, also got 'Ghost Stories' by 'Coldplay'

26/05/14 - 'Are We There' by Sharon Van Etten, also got 'House Of Jacks' by Blair Dunlop

02/06/14 - 'Disgraceland' by 'The Orwells', also got 'Nights Like This' by Eli 'Paperboy' Reed

09/06/14 - 'Favorite Waitress' by 'The Felice Brothers'

16/06/14 - 'heartsouldblood' by 'Royal Southern Brotherhood'

23/06/14 - 'X' (Multiply) by Ed Sheeran

30/06/14 - 'Remedy' by 'Old Crow Medicine Show

07/07/14 - 'Deep River' by Jon Allen

14/07/14 - 'Wild Animals' by 'Trampled By Turtles'

21/07/14 - 'Songs' by John Fullbright

28/07/14 - 'Hypnotic Eye' by Tom Pety & The Heartbreakers

04/08/14 - 'Angus and Julia Stone' by 'Angus & Julia Stone

11/08/14 - 'Get Hurt' by 'The Gaslight Anthem'

18/08/14 - 'Alias' by 'The Magic Numbers'

25/08/14 - 'Royal Blood' by 'Royal Blood'

01/09/14 - 'The Day's End' by 'Lonely The Brave'

08/09/14 - 'A New House' by 'Deacon Blue'

15/09/14 - 'Bulletproof Picasso' by 'Train'

22/09/14 - 'Popular Problems' by 'Leonard Cohen'

29/09/14 - 'The Weird & Wonderful Marmozets' by 'The Marmozets'

06/10/14 - 'Standing In The Breach' by 'Jackson Browne'

13/10/14 - 'Rose Ave' by 'You & Me'

20/10/14 - 'Melody Road' by 'Neil Diamond'

27/10/14 - 'Honor Is Al We Know' by 'Rancid'

03/11/14 - 'Indian Ocean' by 'Frazey Ford'

10/11/14 - 'Sonic Highways' by 'Foo Fighters'

17/11/14 - 'Lost On The River' by 'The New Basement Tapes'

24/11/14 - 'Listen' by 'David Guetta'

01/12/14 - 'Rock Or Bust' by AC/DC

08/12/14 - 'It's A Wonderful Christmas Carol' by 'The Retrospective Soundtrack Players'

15/12/14 - 'Black Messiah' by D'Angelo

22/12/14 - 'Take Pride In Your Long Odds' by 'Centro-Matic'

29/12/14 - 'Talking Dreams' by 'Echosmith'


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