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Author's Rating
Vocals 9.25
Musicianship 8.5
Lyrics 9.5
Production 8
Creativity 8.75
Lasting Value 9
Reviewer Tilt 9.5
Final Verdict: 89%
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Honest Engines, The - The French Song EP

Reviewed by: Kelly Doherty (10/31/11)
Honest Engines- The French Song EP
Record Label: Tandem Shop
Release Date: May 3, 2011


Over the next few years, Chicagoís Honest Engines will become one of the most popular bands in the Blogosphere. Mark my words. Merchants of the delicate indie-pop that has endeared itself to thousands of angst ridden, articulate teenagers and college students the world over, through bands like Death Cab For Cutie, Honest Engines have produced a highly attractive and organic EP in the form of The French Song. This EP another three track release, and as the follow up to last yearís Captainís Log EP, it continues where the last EP left off. The French Song is, funnily enough French-themed, and is a showcase of the young bandís song writing talent.

The French Song starts off with the title track, a punchy, guitar driven pop song, that features introspective, thoughtful lyrics. The lyric ďalways on the run and never ending up nowhereĒ is just example of the somewhat melancholic vibe that persists lyrically, throughout the three tracks. A lovely opener, it supplies both thought and catchiness in equal amounts, and does a great job of introducing the band to someone who may be a first time listener.

"El Jardin" is slower than its predecessor. A heavier base within melancholic instrumentation as well as lyrics, it was my favourite track of the release. Not exactly catchy, but highly attractive, it makes for a more challenging listen that the two other accessible tracks.

The EP closes with "Sunny Setting Sun" its most upbeat and poppy track. It is, once again, ridden with punch guitars and loose, relaxed instrumentation. Itís happy end to a lovely release.

The French Song EP is not the sound of a band that is simply promising. This EP is the sound of a band already in the prime of their career. Obviously, itís not flawless, sometimes the release veers extremely close to a direct cover of Death Cab For Cutie, but it is certainly a bright spot in the masses of young bands around today. Hereís anticipating when they finally put out a full length.

Recommended If You LikeDeath Cab For Cutie; Two Door Cinema Club ; The Beatles; Indie-pop; smiling


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