White Light Motorcade

Thank You, Goodnight!

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On their debut album, Thank You, Goodnight!, White Light Motorcade doesn't go for the slick sound of their New York counterparts (the Strokes, the Witnesses). Instead, they gloss things over just a bit with some glam rock polish and punk rock swagger for their own rowdy rock & roll. White Light Motorcade experiments with what sonically makes sense to them regardless of mainstream trends. The guitar-heavy Thank You, Goodnight! works with electronic bits and string arrangements for a full studio sound and White Light Motorcade isn't hesitant in turning up the amps. Frontman Harley DiNardo gives a little guff with his yo-yoing vocal snarl; one minute he's a rock star in the making with his gravely growl ("Open Your Eyes"), but also a crooning statesman ("We Come Together"). The bigger rock numbers like the scathing post-punk gem "It's Happening" and the candied romp of "Semi Precious" capture White Light Motorcade's ability in getting the perfect hook. More sentimental tracks like "All Gone Again" and "Closest" aren't as appealing; they're contrived, weak, and much too tailored for radio, and what makes White Light Motorcade decent in the first place is their ballsy approach. These ballads are basically fillers, but every album has to have them. Thank You, Goodnight! is a solid album in the sense that White Light Motorcade is lyrically earnest and true and their musicianship is tight. Things could have been more developed in spots and less anthemic, but they're young and certainly talented enough to make it happen the next time out.

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