Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Recurring Dream - BARDO

BARDO is the culmination of some of LA's finest, doing what they do best - rock! BARDO is part punk, part pop, part rock/alternative; but all attitude. Their album opener, GP Boulevard begins with a simple clean guitar riff and King's vocals, sung clearly and flowing. The drive kicks in at the first chorus and remains throughout the rest of the song.

On track 3, Beautiful, BARDO begins with a tight, in the pocket, groove that complements King's voice perfectly. The pre-chorus gives you layers and drives you into the hooky chorus, singing "you're beautiful."

Run, exposes some of the inner grit within the bands songwriting. Its all drive from the beginning to end. The guitar solo is thought provoking and poignant. Its angular from the straightforward punk-rock tune, but its just the art the song needs.

Finally, on Free To Go, King lilts her voice from almost spoken-word to floating falsetto. The band works thoughtfully throughout the song and plays just what is needed; nothing more, nothing less.

BARDO clearly exhibits recording prowess and songwriting critique.

LA'ers...check them out if you haven't already!

RATING: 4 of 5 stars

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