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Appreciation Post, The - Brighter Sides EP Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 9.25
Musicianship 9.25
Lyrics 7.75
Production 8.25
Creativity 8
Lasting Value 7.5
Reviewer Tilt 9.5
Final Verdict: 85%
Member Ratings
Vocals 9
Musicianship 9.25
Lyrics 9.25
Production 9.5
Creativity 9
Lasting Value 9.5
Reviewer Tilt 10
Average: 94%
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Appreciation Post, The - Brighter Sides EP

Reviewed by: Julia Conny (08/07/07)
The Appreciation PostBrighter Sides EP
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: February 23rd, 2007



No front here – I can’t play music. I listen to lots of it, I write about a slew of albums on a monthly basis, but if you sit me in front of an instrumental contraption, I fall flat to the creative monsters of little fingers and a pesky impatience. Throwing together all the elements – the riffs, the sequences, the melodies and chord progressions – must not be any strolling feat. So when I hear a band that makes it all sounds so easy, so cohesive it’s practically grown from the earth, I take notice. Hence The Appreciation Post, a rock-heavy indie pop Boston quintet with a sarcastic peel, punchy guitars, a Moog synthesizer.

The Brighter Sides EP runs through a quick five tracks. “Don’t Give Up” leads with a hearty, fuzzy guitar packed with distortion. Guitarist Brad Herrick (with the help of singer/guitarist Jim Keaney) whirls through the dressing room with a new chord progression for every hot second, and there is no excuse for boredom. With the production of Mike Poorman from Hot Rod Circuit, the guitars are circulating in a tight full-bodied lust. The Moog is an integral component and endows a beefy, analog electronic bite into every track. Never too sweet but still entirely catchy, The Appreciation Post reminds me of a humble Weezer charm. Interesting, simple and still surprisingly bouncy, and it’s delightfully clear on the gang of Heys! on “I’m No Sure Thing” that I may as well give it up to The Appreciation Post. Seriously guys, this stuff is highly transmittable.

With his breathy voice magnified, Keaney channels a Rivers Cuomo flow. And similar to Cuomo (and the more contemporary Anthony Raneri), Keaney’s empowering pessimism and sarcasm (see “Staying In’s Alright”) provides a deeper level of connection than flowers and such, lyrically and vocally. Paired with the nearly danceable Moog and our whiplashed, gnarly riffs, Brighter Sides is a top-notch introduction to The Appreciation Post. If I have any reservations at all, it’s that these five songs are (and sometimes uncomfortably) jammed packed at a faster pace; one song barely catches its breath before the other one grabs the relay stick. But instead of turning me off, I am just more interested to hear which path TAP would take with a full-length. If Brighter Sides is any indication of what this band will take, then we’ve got brighter sides to which we can look forward.

Sign this band.

RIYLHot Rod Circuit, Weezer, The Rentals
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06:48 AM on 08/07/07
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Is there seriously a band named "the appreciation post"?
07:29 AM on 08/07/07
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Good Band!
07:29 AM on 08/07/07
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<3 Mike Poorman
07:30 AM on 08/07/07
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07:36 AM on 08/07/07
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Mike Poorman has been producing great stuff over the past year and a half. Great band, great guys.
08:05 AM on 08/07/07
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nice review
08:10 AM on 08/07/07
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Good review. I like what I'm hearing so far.
08:15 AM on 08/07/07
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As always, wonderful review. I had a dream about you hahaha. I forgot about these guys.
08:15 AM on 08/07/07
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It appears the entire thing is up for streaming on the Myspizzle... time to check this bad boy out.
09:00 AM on 08/07/07
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i've heard these guys before, pretty good stuff. And steve's comment was so true, ahahaha


Great job julia, love love love the first paragraph.
03:44 PM on 08/07/07
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This band kicks ACE!!! And the video is great too!
03:57 PM on 08/07/07
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I don't know why, but ribbon dancing comes to mind right now.

Mike Poorman has been producing great stuff over the past year and a half. Great band, great guys.

I've been getting into his work more and more lately.
03:58 PM on 08/07/07
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Good review. I like what I'm hearing so far.

Good to hear!


Thanks.

As always, wonderful review. I had a dream about you hahaha. I forgot about these guys.

You can tell me about the x-rated version later.
04:01 PM on 08/07/07
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It appears the entire thing is up for streaming on the Myspizzle... time to check this bad boy out.

What do you think?

i've heard these guys before, pretty good stuff. And steve's comment was so true, ahahaha


Great job julia, love love love the first paragraph.

I'm just a regular ribbon dancer...
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