BELL, THE: Make Some Quiet: CD

Mar 17, 2008

I reviewed a band called A Study In Her a few issues ago and the Bell are quite reminiscent of them. The twelve songs on the album are somewhat electro driven with a bit of Brit pop (New Order, Duran Duran, Echo and the Bunnymen, etc.) filling in the space. There’s a general indie pop feel with female and male vocals both keeping things pleasant. Hyphenated adjectives such as “alterna-pop” and “drum-machine fueled” were used by Spin to describe this band and that seems accurate. This Swedish three piece’s songs would seem to compliment a foggy setting or an overcast winter day. That’s not to say they’re entirely depressing, as there’s a subtle thread of up-beat energy that reminds the listener that all is not lost. My palate can handle this, but as I said to a friend the other day, “Why would I go listen to most of the second-rate current stuff when I could go back to the source and hear the stuff that influenced a lot of the music around today?” Especially when—while not bad—it’s not a huge improvement on anything that’s come out in the past thirty years. That being said, give me my Tears For Fears. I want to rule the world.

 –kurt (Badman)