Cinema 8

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The bizarre pop of Cinema 8 is very hard to explain. The basic structure of their songs is no different than a hundred poppy alternative bands, with the usual bass-guitar-drums-vocals setup performing angsty post-grunge. But the actual melodies are very close to hair metal, incorporating group choruses, aggressive vocal lines, and the occasionally trite lyric ("Trees and plants are strong/Just like I should be"). On top of that, they layer background vocals heavily, often times sounding similar to the Beatles' experiments with the same sound. This adds up to a very unique sound which may not seem unique until a few songs in. It is hard to tell where the songs are going, but the end result is usually satisfactory. There may not be any standout tracks upon the first listen, but through time the music really develops into a strong mix of pop, college rock, and a little bit of hair metal. This is a charming album that any fan of mainstream pop/rock could easily get into with a few listens.

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