**** Wie kam ich nur auf diese Band, weiß nicht mehr. Für mich klingen sie nach Britpop, manchmal nach Oasis und sowas gefällt mir. Das Songwriting ist dann aber meist nicht so klasse wie bei den letztgenannten.
****** Firstly, I would like to begin with a mild rant - there are plenty of bands other than Oasis that I can think of whom DMA's draw inspiration from - they are so much more than just a cheap plastic copy!
OKAY - now that's off my chest, to the review!
TIMELESS - First track really packs quite the punch - a straight-up Aussie rocker. In the chorus, those whoaa-ah-ah-ah, yeeeah-ah-ah parts are truly amazing.
LAY DOWN - One of the earlier singles, has perhaps one of the more memorable hooks and guitar riffs, making it the obvious choice for lead single. Well structured as well - knowing when to give the chorus some air for the first round, then giving the full blast for the others.
DELETE - The track everybody seems to love to hate - as most people's first exposure to this band was seemingly a Wonderwall carbon copy. Except that it's so much more than that. It begins as a melodious, mellow guitar ballad, and then the last minute just explodes into blissful overlapped themes.
TOO SOON - Cold starts are always nice. This is one of the heavier moments on the album - but the crooner's melodies just keep on worming their way into my brain in the best way possible.
IN THE MOMENT - uh, Stone Roses, is that you? Anyway, this is easily my favourite track - because every element compliments each other in a way that even Paul Simon would be envious of. From the lush sweeping vocals to the piercing guitar licks post-chorus - this is just one absolutely beautiful track.
STEP UP THE MORPHINE - Perhaps the most pop-sounding track on the record, but that shouldn't suggest any inkling of inferiority. There are many Powderfinger-esque undertones that shine through in this track - most notably in its structure and use of rhythmic guitar chords.
SO WE KNOW - If there were any weak spots to be found on the album, then this track would probably be it - perhaps a little bit bland at the beginning, and it takes a fair while to build. But when it does....OOOHHH BOYY it's something really special!
MELBOURNE - It's simple and it's catchy - and the accelerating ending is enough to make you delirious.
STRAIGHT DIMENSIONS - And then BANG, it's back to the '60s with this short, plucky number that draws out every last ooze of later-style Beatles and early-style Tom Petty. Again, with the melodies, guys!
BLOWN AWAY - A superb, honest ballad with some special drumming effects in play. Getting a strong The Whitlams-y vibe with this one (in the best possible way).
THE SWITCH - And yet, somehow this track has a distinctive Foster The People thing going on - which I can totally dig.
PLAY IT OUT - As far as album closers go, this one sure packs a punch. It has a definite dark side - most notably in its difference of key from the rest of the album. But again the lead guitar and vocals do such a fine job in ensuring you're left with a lasting impression.
For those somewhat skeptical people out there - I implore you to at least give these lads another chance. This is one intricately structured album that I am more than happy with.