Cherry Filter

Peace N Rock N Roll

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Cherry Filter is considered one of South Korea's best rock bands, and Peace N Rock N Roll justifies its reputation, being one sturdy alternative rock record that would be capable of standing on its own even in other rock scenes, where the competition is stiffer. Actually, this is a pop-savvy album with plenty of commercial potential, but it offers some heavy rock riffing in addition to sweet hooks -- it's like Roxette jamming with the guitarist of Helmet, the melodies being supplemented by an honest guitar crunch that enhances the songs rather than dominating them. This is pop/rock cranked up to 11, not airbrushed alt metal, and thank God for that, because cranking it up to 11 is an all too frequent compensation for the lack of songwriting skills, which is not the case here. Cherry Filter sure know a winning formula when they see one, and for the most part on Peace N Rock N Roll they stick to the type of positive, energetic songs that they do so well, although it's not really monotonous: there are detours to U2-like rock and angsty start-stomp metalcore, and besides, it is a winning formula. The band may recall some of the J-rock artists, such as Amano Tsukiko and the female-fronted High and Mighty Color, but these analogies seem misleading, if only because Cherry Filter's music is bursting with energy the way that is rarely heard on the Japanese scene. Youjeen's voice is a good example here: she can croon and hit high notes like Angela Aki, but she's also got a gritty snarl that would make Courtney Love envious, and that goes perfectly with the guitar drive. Peace N Rock N Roll has no big pop hits that stick to memory after a single listen, but it certainly offers a pleasant way to rock out.

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