Adventures In Tokyo
- reviewed by Andy Argyrakis Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2002 1 Mar
The punk-rock trio Calibretto 13 has released the follow-up to their Tooth and Nail debut,
It was Sprinkle and the band's desire to dig deeper from a musical perspective on
"I'll Talk to You Tomorrow" features the group taming down their style to the speed of a ballad, accompanied by a string section. The somber song is one of the more appealing tracks on the disc because the group sticks with one type of sound and seeks to play it to the best of their ability, rather than bringing in an array of instruments that get garbled together. Lyrically, it's one of the most important messages on the project, speaking of all the times the band members (and all believers in general) are guilty of procrastination when it comes to sharing their faith with non-believers. It's sad to hear Whiteford sing lines such as "I'll tell you of his love, but now I'm busy / So I guess you will never know."
Songs such as "Father" and "Proposal" aren't nearly as deep, but are at least somewhat humorous and positive in content. According to Whiteford, "Father" is about the time he got a tattoo and his father got angry with him. The tongue-in-cheek lyrics fit well with this lighthearted and therapeutic teenage complaint anthem. "Proposal" has a thick bass groove, almost like the Brain Setzer-led Stray Cats or the retro groove of the critically acclaimed punk band The Strokes. Calibretto 13 doesn't pack as many creative punches as those previously mentioned, but their effort to deliver a free-flowing song about marriage and being in love is sincere.
I'm not discounting the fact that Calibretto 13 tried to put together a project that best represents where the band members are coming from musically and lyrically at this stage in their career. It's just that there are so many other bands out there doing it better. For those that have followed Calibretto 13 since the beginning, you'll probably note this is a step in a better (although not quite perfect) direction