Thursday, August 11, 2011

Album Review: Don’t Need Much

Title:  Don’t Need Much (Kind of Like Records, Amazon, iTunes)
Artist:  Great Cynics (Tumblr, Facebook, Last.fm)

Great Cynics is a power pop / indie rock band from the UK.  Originally the band was known simply as Cynics (and was a solo project) but that name was already taken so the trio became Great Cynics.  Don’t Need Much is the band’s full-length debut album and shows a lot of promise and song writing prowess. 

Don’t Need Much opens with the Buffalo Tom-esque (and my personal favorite track from the record) “Home Measures” which perfectly sets the tone for the rest of the album.  The songs are catchy with a mixture of the folky and the poppy as filtered through indie rock, power pop, and punk that harkens back to artists like Billy Bragg, Against Me!, Frank Turner, and the aforementioned Buffalo Tom.  With 10 songs, Don’t Need Much’s only real problem is that it is too short (but that is way better than going on for too long).  As Idle and the Bear said in their review, “Everything in Great Cynics just works together perfectly- it all just FITS” and I couldn’t agree more.  What I really love about this record is the completely laid back and at ease feel that radiates from it.  These are simple songs, simply played, and they are unapologetic about it.  But don’t mistake simplicity for a lack of talent because this band has plenty of talent. 

Don’t Need Much is a great full-length debut from a band that I hope to be following for years to come.  Their earnest and honest music is great to hear.  If you have never heard Great Cynics but are a fan of the likes of The Gaslight Anthem, Billy Bragg, Against Me!, Frank Turner, or Buffalo Tom then I highly suggest that you give Don’t Need Much a listen.

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