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The Almost - Monster Monster

3.50
Reviewer :
Kaj Roth Format: Album
Release date: 2009-11-03 Year: 2009
Label: Tooth and Nail Records
Genre: Rock
Producer: Aaron Sprinkle
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Track by track comment: Monster Monster, a good upbeat punkish hardrock song that probably will be the band´s opener on future shows. Lonely wheel, the new single which also is featured on the Monster EP, a strong and energetic but super melodic track and one of the highlights. No I don´t, they slow down a bit here with an acoustic intro and a more rootsy pop/rock sound but it´s a solid song that truly fits in just fine with the rest. Hands, the 2nd single of the new album with a great singalong chorus and previously released on the Monster EP, that piano melody gets stuck in the head like super glue. Young again, another more punkish song with traces of British 70´s punkrock but in an updated emo sound, a typical middle of the album track. Summer summer, a midtempo tune that is a perfect balance to all the rockers and the song contains a huge chorus that grows for each time I hear it. Hand grenade, a country influenced song that feels a bit misplaced here, perhaps the band is showing their love for Nashville since they recorded the album in the Capitol of country music. Books and books, the album´s closest posthardcore sounding track where singer Aaron Gillespie shows his roots are with Underoath. Souls on ten, a possible single contender and the album´s most pop flavored song, certainly one of my personal faves. Want to, the sister to the single Lonely wheel but not as good, it sounds too much like a b-side. Get through, if you gotta get the party started then this great rocker will do the trick, I just love that beat. Monster, the last track of the album and the 3rd song featured on the Monster EP, I think this slow acoustic folkrock-like song is the weakest song of the album even though it gets better halfway through the song when the band comes in.

Tracklisting 1. Monster Monster
2. Lonely Wheel
3. No I Don't
4. Hands
5. Young Again
6. Summer Summer
7. Hand Grenade
8. Books & Books
9. Souls On Ten
10. Want To
11. Get Through
12. Monster


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