Late this summer we got the first appetizer from Abandoned Pools with the 5 track "The reverb EP" of this new album,the first full length in 4 years to be exact and was it worth the wait? Both yes and no,coz with these EP songs i expected something out of the ordinary but now with these 12 new songs I can only come to the conclusion that the 4 EP songs are the best ones on "Armed to the teeth". The 5th one and the Bjork cover of "Army of me" from the EP is the only song not featured on the full length album,ofcourse it?s not a bad album - frontman Tommy Walters delivers plenty of good atmospheric modern rock songs but nothing more. A solid album that doesn?t match the debut from 2001 I?m afraid,I expected more from Abandoned Pools 2nd effort - only highlights of the other tracks are the epic rocker "Tighter noose" and the closing track "Goodbye song" which is hauntingly beautiful. Some songs do sound alike,hrm..........well it?s a safe buy but no goosebumps warning!
Melodic Net Comments
I disagree with Kaj on this one. This is an album that you will learn to love, if you give it a couple of spins.The fact is, that this record is way better than their previous. This record is filled with emotional, and as Kaj perceptably mentioned "hauntingly" beautiful songs. Reminds me sometimes a litlle of Radford, Mae Kean, Augustana and even Smashing Pumkins at times. I first discovered this album in 2006, however it were released in 2005 so it wont go on my best of -06 list, which it would if it had been released in 2006.
Ryan Martin from Hope Republic ( ex Atlantic bands Frankie Machine & The Flying Tigers ) came to the guitar as a pre-teen only because his mother dissuaded him from his first choice for an instrument, the saxophone.