Prima - Details
Release Date: November 4, 2008
Record Label: Unsigned
The idea of genres can be a very problematic subject. While elements of a band's music may emulate one genre or the next, there are quite a few bands that refuse to subscribe to a single trend or group. Prima's Details album is one such example of a work that borrows heavily from multiple genres to make a sound that, (though maybe not extremely fresh and exciting), is one all their own.
Details has sat with me for quite awhile. While I was originally fairly unsuccessful in my attempts to get into it (that is, I'd listen to it, like it, but nothing would immediately draw me back), eventually I found the details in Details (ta da!) that wound up giving this release some lasting value.
I think that one of my inhibitions towards this album rode on it's style. It's straddling a few different styles throughout the album, and normally rides the line between catchy and dense, though it tip-toes across it either way from time to time. Throughout the albums 8 tracks, you can see that they draw influences from a wide variety of sources obviously including pop-rock, indie-rock and more progressive acts (though I can't put my finger on the exact bands they may have drawn it from, there are just elements of them all in there). The vocals, as well as the instrumentation do well to set it aside from the hordes of other bands throwing out this style, and though the lead vocalist's voice may falter in places (particularly sustained notes) he more than holds his own. The musicians stray from the norm pretty blatantly, and the more atmospheric and intricate guitar work more appropriately displays their prog-leanings while the catchy arrangements and vocal antics mirror their pop-rock side much more.
Details has it's share of standout tracks, among the six songs (two interludes), the ones that stand out most to me are "54/40 Or Fight" and "The Wheat and the Tares." "54/40 Or Fight" works well as one of the more downbeat songs, and the choral arrangement at the end really ties it all together, remaining a powerful track despite the ungainly reference to Jesus in the closing lines ("Your lips they raise the dead like Jesus"). Normally they're quite strong lyrically, especially in "The Wheat and the Tares" which seems to be about his wrestles with faith, opening with the lines: "I'd sell my soul for a taste of cheap perfume and wine/ but keep my conscience where my heart resides/ In an empty room, dormant next to you." This track is also one of the strongest musically, with a powerful opening vocal melody and escalation nearing the end of the track.
This type of artsy pop-rock (which I'll just term "progressive-indie-pop-rock" to make everyone happy) can be quite a good listen once it's given the chance. While it took me awhile to get into it, once I sat on the album for awhile and it had it's proper chance to sink in, I found that Prima's Details a pretty solid listen.
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