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Dirty Pretty Little Things

Preconceived Notions:  Zero. Zlich. I have no idea what this is…maybe some sort of ska?  Polka?  Reggae (dear god please not reggae)

After Listening: Ummm….it’s ahite, I mean I guess not really ahite…sort of sub ahite.  I actually made the effort to listen to this thing twice, b/c I thought I might be missing something…while at the same time looking for anything that would separate this from a simple punk/rock/pop sound collage.  On the second listen it was less bland than the 1st….I started grasping on to little melody lines.  It’s certainly got that whole up beat-musical accompaniment to less than happy lyrical thing going.  Ironical ain’t it? The vocal themselves are somewhat buried. They’re also certainly British…which is a plus for some people maybe.  I didn’t really hear anything special here, there have got to be a 100 bands doing similar things.  I

Favorite Tracks:  “Doctors and Dealers” – The poppy element of the rhythm and harmony make it separate a little from the rest of the stuff.
Least Favorite Tracks: I don’t really hate anything on here…aside from the fact that it’s very difficult to just single anything out on here on the 1st few tries.

Overall;  2.7  I guess with a 3rd listen it has an outside shot to move up to a solid 3 for me….but it’s not likely.  There just isn’t a lot here for me, it sounds so typically boxed into a genre that I guess unless you’re a big fan of it you probably don’t have much feeling on it one way or another.  Some of the music is upbeat and distinguishable, but not a lot of it.

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40 has had training enough in classical theory to know roughly what he's talking about. As for talent, he considers himself a crappy guitar player. He has a BA in Audio & Sound Recording BA, so not only does music creation intrigue him, but also music production. He believes that expression takes all forms, and it has to be remembered that music is an art form and is ultimately about connection, communication, experimentation, creativity, freedom, emotion, and 100’s of other things.


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