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REVIEW: Cymbals Eat Guitars – LOSE

 
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A review of the Cymbals Eat Guitars album LOSE.

 

Cymbals Eat Guitars prove the third time's a charm with their new album LOSE, released this month. The Staten Island natives deliver nine new songs and none fit into any boxes or come with any labels. They bare their souls — with most songs inspired by the passing of an original band mate — and LOSE is evidence of major growth since their last album Lenses Alien (2011).


The album begins ambient and beautiful. The vocals, reminiscent of The Pogues or a young Billy Idol, are gritty before blooming into falsettos. The album continues with an energetic melancholy that left me listening hard because it’s impossible to predict this veritable cornucopia of sound.  


Multifaceted, melodic punk rock will have your head banging then suddenly still as violin and piano sweep in and take you away. Poetical lyrics from lead singer Joe D’Agostino describe past and present times in his life that's easy to  relate to.


Cymbals Eat Guitars initially received unexpected success in 2009 with their first album Why There Are Mountains, despite having to replace two band members. Cymbals continued that trend by signing on with Barsuk Records in 2011 and releasing Lenses Alien.


Whatever you’re expecting this album to be — punk, pop, rock, or what have you — prepare for that and a whole lot more. The lyrics tell true stories, and I came away from LOSE knowing the band on a deeper level. This is an album you can dance and dream to, the perfect bittersweet note on which to end the summer.

 

Cymbals Eat Guitars - LOSE


Listen to a song by clicking on a title below:

Click to Play AUDIO: Cymbals Eat Guitars - "Jackson"
Click to Play AUDIO: Cymbals Eat Guitars - "Warning"
Click to Play AUDIO: Cymbals Eat Guitars - "Chambers"
Click to Play AUDIO: Cymbals Eat Guitars - "Place Names"

 
 
 
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