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REVIEW: Cymbals Eat Guitars - Pretty Years

REVIEW: Cymbals Eat Guitars - Pretty Years

By: Jess Sanchez
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A review of the Cymbals Eat Guitars album “Pretty Years.”

 

My very first review for Spacelab was Cymbals Eat Guitars’ last album, LOSE in 2014. I had never heard of the band before then and since then I've had their music in my regular rotation. I'm a real fan - and as such you'd think it would be incredibly easy for me to review their latest album, Pretty Years. But you'd be wrong - the more I like something the harder it is to describe. I think I internally default in my brain to just tell you to listen to it - but that kind of defeats the purpose of an album review. I digress.


Pretty Years is Cymbals' fourth studio album and it was produced by Grammy-winning producer John Congleton. Bassist Matthew Whipple said in a statement, "We wanted to make a more energetic record. I personally looked to artists like Springsteen, '70s Bowie, The Smiths, The Cure, Neil Young as inspiration for—not really for sound as much as for that dichotomy of bands who were entertainers still making, at times, weird dark music and writing songs that seem totally over-the-top by today's rock band standards."


The album is a lot brighter than the last, partly because this album is presumably not about the memory of a friend who passed away, (which was the general theme of LOSE) and partly because the album seems busier and a little more experimental as far as sound effects and dabbling in different vocal styles. I particularly like the sound effects because they're surprising  — but not overpowering — and adds a quirky twist to the overall feel of the album. The first single "Wish" in particular has a very deep and funky saxophone element which really stands out.


Overall, this album doesn't tug at my heartstrings like LOSE did/does, but I don't think that's what Cymbals had in mind anyway. It's got every element of the Cymbals Eat Guitars sound that I love but with a fun twist. This band is the kind of band you can easily recommend to someone looking for new music to listen to:  it's just that solid.

 

 

Cymbals Eat Guitars - Pretty Years


Listen to a song by clicking on a title below:

Click to Play Cymbals Eat Guitars - Finally

Click to Play Cymbals Eat Guitars - Have a Heart

Click to Play Cymbals Eat Guitars - Wish

 
 
 
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