Don Giovanni (2014)
When I ordered the new Nude Beach record from Don Giovanni, I also perused their other records to see if there was anything else I wanted. I settled on Brick Mover who, from their description, seemed like they would be right up my alley. After spending some time with the record I can't really say for sure if I was right or not.
The components that I like in a band are there. The songs are pretty upbeat for the most part. The vocals are strong, with just a slight raspy quality to them. There's a good amount of hooks crammed in to each song. If you look at it from the surface, Teenage Graceland sounds like a hell of a record.
In some respects it is, but what really hurts this album is the way everything was recorded. All of the songs sound so muddy and flat. The energy that they should have is just completely zapped out of them. I'm not sure what they did exactly, but if they had just brightened up the sound quality just a little bit, this could have easily been one of my favorite records of the year.
As it stands now, I do like it and plan to keep on listening to it. But it's the flat quality to it that allows the record to just slip into the background when you're playing it. I would absolutely check out another record of theirs when it comes out. I just hope they change up how they record everything to truly showcase how good their songs really are.
Brick Mower - Teenage Graceland: