STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 9532-9223 LABEL: Tooth & Nail TND80953 FORMAT: CD Album RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Phillip Rowe
Built on a core of ex-Freeto Boat members Casey and Cory Linstrum and Mike Wright, America's Fighting Jacks weigh in with an assured debut. From the straight-ahead rock of "Farewell Senator" to the wide vistas of "New Born Thing", via the progressive drama of "Photobook", the band show they aren't afraid to flex their creative muscle and Sylvia Massy Shivey's unobtrusive production lets the band breath, showcasing their marriage of faith-fuelled emotion and righteous anger effectively. The influences, both obvious (The Fire Theft, Sunny Day Real Estate), and subtle (The Mars Volta, QOTSA), are harnessed well, serving rather than swamping the music, and the band succeed in establishing their identity well on their first full-length release. Definitely worthy of investigation.
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