No Lost Cause - NLC

Published Monday 29th July 2013
No Lost Cause - NLC
No Lost Cause - NLC

RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 139741-20719
LABEL: Thumper Punk
FORMAT: CD Mini-album

Reviewed by Jon Cooper

I applaud the New Jersey-based ska punk band's admirable mission statement - "to bring people hope and encouragement by letting them know there is a God who loves them" - and wish them the very best in doing just that. However, the painful truth is that 'NLC' is an awkward listen. The bulk of the tracks here don't really offer anything in terms of originality, arrangement or stylistic diversity; the onslaught of messy distortion on every chorus becomes wearying by third track "Fight Alone", and the intermittent lead guitar breaks are often over-complicated by effects or are fractionally out of tune. The vocals are sometimes so muddied by poor pitching and the frugality in production ("Paid For" is the worst culprit) that the lyrical content often remains hidden. Looking for positives, one highlight is "No Weapon", which has a much harder, "shoutier" edge than the other tracks. A band best experienced live, I suspect.

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