Sound: Snappy, melodic indie pop/rock with a slight Southern accent. Driving saxophones, twinkling piano, percolating synths and woozy organs are some of the sounds that meet up with frontman Matt Pelham’s quivery but confident croon.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Lions”; “The Drawing Board”; “Concrete”; “Foundation’s Cracked”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Wooden Heart”; “Baby’s Hammer”; “The Gates of Hell”
Recommended: Some Kind of Salvation is a hit parade of one hook-filled tune after another, making it an easily digestible and memorable listen. All of the songs have a heard-it-somewhere-before feel but that doesn’t prevent you from enjoying their interpretations of these classic styles, especially since they show off such solid musical chops.
Grade: A- (Top 20 Albums of 2009 Candidate)