Friday, January 30, 2009

Amateur Hour - McTwist

The Maryland quartet McTwist is the culmination of power pop, punk, humor, and good energy, pulsating and rocking you into a good mood. Amateur Hour is a polished 12 track album, that is part quirky, part drive, but all good times.

Songs like Don't Say You're Fine and PFD work from simple riffs and hard hitting rhythms. More poppy tracks include Prizefighter, which more accurately captures a cohesive and working sound from the band. Its reminiscent of early Greenday and All Star United. The melody is extremely catchy and singable - their best work on the album.

Other than the album closer, Sugarcoat, there's not a lot of variation. The guitar tones, rhythms, and vocals are fairly singular.

All in all, its a well crafted album that's fun and will cause your head to bob.

Rating: 3 of 5 stars

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