Wide Awake Bored

Treble Charger

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Wide Awake Bored Review

by MacKenzie Wilson

Canada's Treble Charger returns to form on their fourth album, Wide Awake Bored, bridging traditional guitar rock with spunky lyrics. It's typical jaunty modern rock with a intellect all its own. It's not complex nor is it overloaded with radio-friendly tracks, but it is enjoyable with its rock & roll simplicity. "American Psycho" rants with heavy guitar licks similar to the mid-'90s surge of post-grunge bands tailored for the mainstream -- Tripping Daisy, Veruca Salt, Foo Fighters. "Cheat Away" relies on more lyrical sentimentality, but Treble Charger's most appealing material arises from what's made them popular from the start: basic guitars. The spiraling "Favorite Worst Enemy" and "Wear Me Down" cite college rock indie stylings, and Greig Nori's little-boy punk rock vocals are enticing. New millennium modern rock, however, continues to be a manufactured rock package led by bands such as American Hi-Fi and Vertical Horizon. Treble Charger attempt to stay above the rest and Wide Awake Bored barely gets the job done.

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