Thursday, April 2, 2009

Strangers Pass

This New Jersey band is rough, raw, and seemingly passionate. Their first track Alone, rips through the speakers like a live recording and Sadowski's vocals growl with truest sincerity. Its nicely accompanied by tasty lead guitar work.

400 Monroe steps back and more easily glides. Its a solid pop-rock ballad. But perhaps their strongest song on the 5 track e.p. is See Them All. Again, its a more reserved pop-rock tune in the vein of Tonic or Toad the Wet Sprocket. Mikkelsen also soars on the bass on this particular track.

All in all, Strangers Pass writes well, but a heftier recording budget and more intense production would serve them and their art strongly.

RATING: 3 of 5 stars

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