Who Will Speak For Planet Earth?
- Sunday, February 01, 2009
In a nutshell: Taking cues from dance derived label mates Joy Electric and Norway, New Hampshire's And Then There Were None (formerly a metal band) attempts to spread a positive message through pop/punk-infused club concoctions. While some of the beats are justifiably infectious (most notably the Erasure-oriented "The Alamo" and a pumped-up cover of Richard Marx's "Right Here Waiting"), many of the tunes suffer from dated arrangements and generic mall-pop faire. "The Hospital" and "Cloak and Dagger" sound like Joy Electric or Norway colliding with leftover '90s techno beats, while "Watchmaker" is a distilled mash-up of pop/punkers Boys Like Girls with Columbia Records' defunct dance rockers Elkland. The uplifting sing-a-long factor may be present, but better programming is imperative if the next CD is going to find all-out success.
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