Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Grass is Always Greener - Max and the Wild Things

Max and the Wild Things weave a sonic quality of raw textured sounds that brings you to the front of the stage. Their groove oriented and open mixing gives the feel of a live show. On Without A Sound, the band accompanies a free floating vocal lead line that feels like its leading everyone in a rockin' party. Its full and showcases a belting trumpet.

The next track, Saturday in May, steps back from the in your face party groove and acts as a more subtle track altogether. The vocals again harness a leadership quality and call the listener to attention. On You Got Your, the band steps back in time to a sound more reminiscent of the past (think oldies circa 50's & 60's).

All in all, I would have a hard time believing anyone not enjoying themselves with this album. The instrumentation harnesses a nice live quality. I would prefer more attention to the vocals, but to each their own.

RATING: 3 of 5 stars

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