Safetysuit "These Times" Review — 4.5 out of 5 stars
Wed, 04 Jan 2012 07:29:05
The world could really use a great new rock band.
There hasn't been one in quite a while. Certainly, Maroon 5 and Kings of Leon both left their mark, but it's high time for some young guns to take over the radio. It's time for Safetysuit.
On their second full-length album, These Times, the Nashville four-piece serves up one anthem after another without ever repeating itself. That's the true brilliance of Safetysuit. They're as intricate as they are infectious.
"Believe" kicks off with an ethereal echo from Dave Garofalo's guitar as an impenetrable rhythm from drummer Tate Cunningham and bassist Jeremy Henshaw mounts. Suddenly, vocalist Doug Brown's flawless voice takes hold and the song soars into a powerful refrain. It's a robust opening matched by ten mind-blowing pop rock salvos to follow. First single "Get Around This" might just be the catchiest apology anthem ever—move over OneRepublic—while the title track slides from airy acoustic guitar into another undeniable chorus from Brown. "Never Stop" and "Crash" both show the heavier side of Safetysuit driven at breakneck speed by Garofalo's innovative distorted hum and Cunningham's fiery beats punctuated by Henshaw's bass rumble. Further rounding out the album, the country twang of "Things to Say" is evocative of The Rolling Stones and U2 all at once.
The standout of These Times remains "Life in the Pain". A guitar swell that'd make The Edge proud swirls as a shimmering verse builds around acoustic strumming and piano. Brown's near whisper sounds both vulnerable and vital as he shares a poetically painful tale crooning, "There's something about life in the pain".
Ultimately, These Times is a catchy, captivating, and classy outing from modern rock's finest young outfit. This is the first must-have album of 2012. This moment is theirs…
Have you heard These Times yet?
Pick it up on iTunes here!
Watch the band perform "Get Around This" on ARTISTdirect.com here!