The self-titled full-length debut from British alt-rock ensemble Scars on 45 features the Yorkshire band's distinctive, melodic guitar-based pop. Showcasing the talents of singer/songwriter Danny Bemrose, vocalist Aimee Driver, keyboardist David Nowakowski, bassist Stuart Nichols, and drummer Chris Durling, Scars on 45 make catchy and heartfelt guitar- and keyboard-based rock with a bit of harmony-laden country-rock à la Fleetwood Mac peppered in for good measure. It's an inspired sound that helped garner the band a spot on the Grey's Anatomy, Vol. 4 soundtrack. To these ends, we get such immediately catchy tracks as the rootsy adult contemporary-sounding "Warning Sign," the yearning midtempo number "Heart on Fire," and the driving twang-meets-modern rock uplift of "Give Me Something." Elsewhere, Driver helms the poignant ballad "Change My Needs," and the band splits the difference between the passionate alt-rock of Snow Patrol and the melodic country-pop of Taylor Swift on "The Way That We Are." Ultimately, Scars on 45 make mainstream rock music that balances a British sense of pop songcraft with a lyrical sensibility that's as earnest and wide open as the American heartland.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Collar