Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Album Review: ‘LP3’ by Restorations

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

Restorations’ third album LP3 is a beautiful and brilliant mix of sounds that defies categorization while still sounding familiar and reassuring.  It is like an old friend that you haven’t seen in years--it’s recognizable and safe while feeling refreshing and exciting--and that is what makes it work so incredibly well.  Restorations have been honing their captivating mix of post hardcore, punk, progressive classic rock, indie rock, Americana, and emo with a penchant for big chords and rolling crescendos since their beginnings in 2008.  On LP3 they have perfected it.  After years of listening to punk rock, I’ve become very accustomed to the two to three minute long song; in fact, I am of the opinion that a song needs to have a reason if it is going to be more than four to five minutes long.  Restorations have completely destroyed that preconception with this record.  Many of the songs on LP3 are more than four minutes (the closing track “It’s Not” is over six minutes in length) and not once did I feel that the songs were longer than they needed to be nor was there a moment on this record that didn’t have me completely and utterly compelled.  Simply put LP3 is flawless perfection.  Easily one of 2014’s best releases.     

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