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A tight little EP of 5 tracks from Nine Black
Alps. Like a fine wine they start out good and
get better with more listening.
Cosmopolitan is the first song on the album
on Galaxy TV). A short 2 and a half minutes, this
is definitely the best and brightest track on the
EP. It's got all of the signature trademarks of Nine
Black Alps -- quick energy condensed into a pop
format of punk-tinged, but cleanly accessible to the
masses music. It's got a hook, a good chorus, and
could even make the jump to airplay on commercial
radio or MTV.
Over the Ocean is an extension of the format,
but it doesn't sound like a bland recreation of the
last song. This one has a bit of drum-fill energy
that transitions it from the chorus back to the verse.
Three verses, three choruses, and we're out.
What might be the most interesting here is the last
two tracks - they move off into a little different
territory than the first two. Ilana Song starts
with a BRMC-like bass riff, and from the beginning,
it has an edge that is a little more gritty than the
rest of the tracks. If the first three are airplay-ready,
then this one seems more like the band kicking back
a little more in its own sound. It's still got the
verse-chorus treatment, but the energy is a little
more loose and off the charts here.
Attraction changes gears completely with an
acoustic guitar on rythym and slide guitar on lead.
There are chorused vocals that almost sound harmonized.
This song is more mellow after four uptempo tracks
- this one definitely smoothes you out before the
ride is over.