Tuesday, June 22, 2010
[verbicidemagazine.com] If you’re into anything that rocks its way to the radio with the comfort food of familiarity, then (Damn) This Desert Air is for sure the winner of the year. It’s really not bad, though. I stand by it, I do. It’s a bold new mixer of heavy levels, flourished with effect-laden fuel.
The lineup is pulled out of a hat of notables like Nora, The Fire Still Burns, Ex Number Five, Merciana, and others. Their sound carries through the essential elements of these younger efforts — that of pure, pounding rhythms and swimming riffs, but is still varied enough to sound new — modern, even.
Distance Waits is energetic and climaxes just before the end (sometime in the middle of “Before Sunrise”) of the mere six songs, which is just perfect, right? But real treat of the album, the real meat, rests in the soulful delivery of track three, “Made of Gold.” The song seems almost out of place among the rest of the power tracks with its atmospheric sound and cool, biting vocals. The dreamlike expressive rock of this track could possibly even be where the album holds substance.
It’s still a strong collection, all in all, and full of potential. I would definitely give Distance Waits a go if you like the alternative route with a bit of a spacey garnish.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 3:21 AM