Jul 21, 2011

I was optimistic when the opening riffs of this four-song EP reminded me of “Blank Generation” by Richard Hell. And then it all went downhill from there. By the end of the EP, twelve minutes later, I was listening to the least greatest moments from Cheap Trick or AC/DC. The sound is clean and well produced but The Shiny Darks appear to be a band that can ape other bands yet not really synthesize that into their own style. It all sounded too polished and sanitized for my tastes, with not enough chances being taken to make it worth many repeated listens. A little more experimentation and dirtying up the recording process would be cool to hear. I suppose if you want to be “the next big thing” then this is the way to go, but it seems pretty boring to me.

 –kurt (

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