BELLFURIES, THE: Palmyra: CD

For what’s largely pop rock (a subset of music that I have never been very inclined towards), the Bellfuries do a lot of things really quite competently. The sort of Reel Big Fish/Motion City Soundtrack bent to the slightly nasal vocals and lyrics that largely serve as exposition for emotion may be a little corny, but it does feel sincere and surprisingly tender. There are glimmers of greater things on here. The third track, for example, would be fantastic if it only toned down on the borderline maudlin theatrics to the background strings. With some decisive changes to their sound and some more interesting wordplay, this band could go places.

 –Reyan (Moe & Sal)