Monday, 5 March 2012

We Are Augustines - Rise Ye Sunken Ships (Album Review)

I’ve been hearing good things about this band for a while, both on BBC 6 Music and a friend of mine who has been a fan for a while now. This is the debut from ‘We Are Augustines’, but for all the talk it already feels like the three piece from Brooklyn have been around for quite a while.

The thing about this album is that if you want a nice flowing album full of similar themed music, this isn’t it. This album opens with a heartbeat (drums) and provides 49 minutes of powerful lyrics and beautiful heart-wrenching original material. The band has chosen to write about topics they feel passionate about, and it works a treat.

The standout track on the album is ‘Patton State Hospital’, a less than commercial effort, short and discordant in places. It’s probably the only opportunity the bass gets a showcase, and would rate as probably the heaviest tune on the album. It has a certain something which makes it one of those tunes you want to put on repeat a couple of times before working through the rest of the album.

What is there not to like about this band. A backdrop of music to describe life, love and locations. An album full of sentiment and attractive music guaranteed to be a big hitter if the right people get to hear it.

Other notable releases this week
Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
Cast - Troubled Times
Eric Bibb - Deeper in the Well
Katie Melua - Secret Symphony
Lionel Richie - Tuskegee
Sinead O'Connor - How About I Be Me and You Be You
The Stranglers – Giants

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