Friday, July 31, 2009

Review: Grand Atlantic "How We Survive"

The moody and powerful "Coast Is Clear" sets the stage for the new sophomore CD by Australia's Grand Atlantic. "How We Survive" is out to impress and Grand Atlantic is taking no prisoners. Uncompromising in songwriting quality and recording expertise (the record was mixed by Magoo, whose clientele include Midnight Oil and Powderfinger). Sonically, "How We Survive" sounds terrific.

More important, many of the songs also sound terrific, well-written and harboring to-the-point melodies that aim to grab you quick. Grand Atlantic has a sound along the lines of Carolina Liar or O.A.R., masterfully blending driving modern rock riffs with smart pop hooks and spot on harmonies. But Grand Atlantic doesn't stop there - they pay just as much attention to detail in their thoughtful lyrics.

The first single, "She's A Dreamer" fits this bill being a radio-friendly track that has it all. I like "Freeway" even better, which tattooed itself onto my brain even faster - the track is my favorite in the bunch. Other highlights include "Tripwires" and "Hit n Run/So Cold". Pop fans will delight in singling along with the sha la la of the infectious "Used To Be The Sensitive Type", and Jet fans should take note of "Holding Pattern".

iPOD-worthy: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8

Grand Atlantic on MySpace. Official site.

Check out the new video for "She’s A Dreamer":

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