Break This Fall

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Although the initial impression of this band is that of a radio-ready alternative outfit, the music soon reveals itself to be far more depressing and gloomy than that. The band achieves this through their dynamics, which have a natural weariness that compliments the music. For example, the tense "Offences Between Us" moves from a sparse, quiet moment featuring the barely audible vocals of singer Carl Johnson to a splash of wide-open guitar rock that carries Johnson's sad voice to the next quiet moment. Although the music here is catchier and smoother than most emo rock, it is also far more pained than a good portion of their contemporaries. This is one band who sounds like they could use therapy, and a lot of it. Fans expecting a typical bash-and-moan emo album may be disappointed, but anyone who doesn't mind a little polish on their depression should give this a listen; it really is a decent album.

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