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The Emergency-Doo-Lang Doo-Lang

September 1, 2007

Band Name: The Emergency

Album Title: Doo-Lang Doo-Lang

Best Element: Stays true to indie rock precedent

Genre: Indie/pop

Website: www.theemergency.net

Label Name: N/a

Band Email: rob@theemergency.net

The Emergency capture all that is indie and pop on their album Doo-lang Doo-lang. A whopping 16 tracks fill up almost an hour of time sure to pleasure the ear drums of any indie fanatic.

Unfortunately, the first two tracks of the album may be a bit too independent of mainstream music. Though having interesting rhythms and melodies in each, the songs jump around too much to completely different parts that feel totally unrelated to the previous section; the end result is a sense of chaos instead of art.

Once the listener gets past these two tracks, however, the album rises at a very quick pace. “Not Angry” contains a catchy drum beat that snags the listener, holding you with a peaceful indie vibe and solid vocals. “Lie Detector” follows suit, adding an active bass line under the high-toned guitars.

“Hey Whoopy Cat” is one of the better songs on the album. It’s poppy, packed with energy, and easy to sing along to. A rockin’ riff kicks off “Mama Told Me,” complimenting a thick bass. What starts off as a toe-tapper quickly turns into a clock-watcher, though, as an overly long breakdown takes the song into a jam out ending.

If the phrase “indie blues” hasn’t been coined yet, it has now. “Tired Armies” offers a rolling blues beat that still incorporates indie factors, including a sweet musical breakdown that sends the beat back and forth between the lead guitar and the drums.

Acoustic guitars and open-room vocals pave the way for “Liked it the Way it Was,” a 50’s sounding ballad with an amazing ending of high powered drum fills and crashing electric guitars that seem to come out of nowhere. It’s definitely a pleasant surprise after the gentle beginning of the song. “Anxiety All the Time” is the last solid song on the album and is the epitome of pop music—excellent.

Doo-lang Doo-lang is a decent indie album. With many filler songs, yet several good ones, it is a necessary add to the music library of all avid indie listeners.

-Erik Williams

endlesscreed@charter.net

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