STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 6616-6534 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Mini-album
Reviewed by Aleem Hossain
The seemingly never-ending conveyor belt of mediocre American rock shows no sign of slowing and Autumn War are nothing more than another addition to the production line. Hailing from Chicagoland, the three-member band's accompanying biography describes their music as a "unique combination of edgy, groove-cased rock with melodic vocal harmony." But wait, it gets better! Apparently, the band's music has been compared to the Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitz and Kings X. Sorry guys, but I don't think you're quite in the same league. There's nothing on this album that really stands out; no catchy hooks or particularly memorable songs. Frontman Jonathan Reich's vocals are lacking the edge that separates the grade A vocalists from the hobbyists. The musicianship is missing a bit of creativity and the production quality is mediocre at best. You don't need to have a prophetic gift to predict that the track "There She Goes" will not reach the classic status of the Boo Radleys' hit of the same name. Whilst CCM magazine might think this is "proof that rock isn't on the endangered species list," I think us Brits will label 'Memory' as just another American Christian rock album.
Aleem Hossain is studying Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science at Birmingham University, broadcasts on Paradise FM in the Seychelles and is manager of Midlands rockers Dissident Prophet.
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