Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Album Review: The Balcony by Catfish and the Bottlemen

Do you like guitar rock? Well so do does Catfish and the Bottlemen. But they aren't looking back to the 60's or 70's, no like so many other young artists right now they are looking back to the music of their parents, back to the 80's and 90's for their influences. I have to admit that I feel very familiar with this music and so it feels very comfortable to me and so I enjoy it.

That doesn't take away from the album which is quite solid for a debut effort with not a bad song in the lot.  They also stay on task through the album and never wander off into music that doesn't fit.  All in all it's a solid album and an enjoyable listen.  These guys are young, early 20's so it will be interesting to see what they do next.

I find it hard to rate albums like this.  I enjoy the album quite a bit when I'm listening to it, but I don't find myself seeking it out.  I'm not sitting at home with a song stuck in my head, or thinking I want to put it on just to listen to it.  No I enjoy it when I listen to it, but then when I leave it behind it's left. Following the Rhapsody rating method I give it 2 out of 5 stars for Not Bad.

A quick note.  rdio has been bought out and so I'm not going to include their album previews anymore since I'm not sure how long they will be around.  So now you get Spotify.  

1 comment:

  1. this song is excellent. and i think you (and i) are too old for your brain to allow so much of its space to be occupied with so strong feelings for some song or album. you've got too much junk in your brain now that needs its own space. when you were 18, your brain had plenty of room for the second tip tuesday record to spread out and occupy all kinds of room. now you've got to fit catfish and the bottlemen in there with concerns about isis, life insurance and making rice-krispies treats for your kid's class christmas party. and it's not like the second til tuesday record ever went away; it's still up there, too.