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Stereo Underground — S/t EP

August 1, 2003


Stereo Underground’s self-titled EP starts off positively punky on “Don’t Take It So Hard”. By the introduction of a second guitar and percussion give it a classic rock feel. The full song is a fresh sounding mix of both. The vocals are a mid-range, not high, but not low either.

A good drum riff, some electronic sounds, and vocals with effects create an ethereal, spacey feel for “Autumn”. A midtempo song, the classic rock vibes can be felt here as well, but not as strong. “So in Lonely” showcases the same classic rock style as the first song, but with smoother vocals, instrumentation, and production. Pop sensibilities are evident, as this song has great ‘yeah yeah’ background vocals and a catchy chorus. It also features an interesting instrument that sounds like a distorted harmonica.

“I Won’t Cry” slows things down by featuring an acoustic guitar. The verses are repetitive, but the chorus is great, filled out with second guitar and background vocals.

The lyrics on the album are nothing special, drifting between cryptic emo-style writings (Autumn) and more down to earth writings (Don’t Take It So Hard), but they touch on topics we’ve all heard before. Also, some songs were repetitive, but those are my only qualms with this. A great collection of songs, combining classic rock, space rock, and emo to create something cooler. 7 out of 10.

Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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