Saturday, October 12, 2013

Album Review: LP2

Artist:  Restorations (Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, BandCamp, Last.fm)

Restorations’ sophomore full-length LP2 is a complex record of big riffs and bigger crescendos.  Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Restorations has created a sound that is nearly impossible to nail down but familiar all at the same time.  Elements of punk, post hardcore, progressive classic rock, and emo are all prevalent on LP2 (imagine The Menzingers, Hot Water Music, Rush, and Fugazi getting together for a jam session), making it one of the challenging and satisfying records of the year.  The record’s best moments are the ones that let the chords and choruses ring like stadium rock anthems (see “D,” “New Old,” and “The Plan”) but even then the slower and longer songs are satisfying, resulting in a varied and poignant album by an incredibly talented young band.  

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