The Election - Game Night
'Game Night' is the debut album from Corrin Campbell and The Election, but as these particular debutants have been around a while - ten years for CAmpbell herself, and she was joined by Boyer and Corbett in 2008 when they decided to put together an album based on their talents and experiences in the US Army, of all places.
If that doesn't sound like a flourishing indie environment, well, you'd be right. But it did apparently serve as a springboard for Campbell's songwriting and powerhouse of a voice, both of which are prevalent throughout this album. It's a mix of light and dark, keeping it positive but also letting off some steam. The opener, 'Find Your Way', is full of rich guitars and poppy hooks and it gets your foot tapping almost instantly.
Despite the focus being on new material the band have included a cover of OneRepublic's 'Apologize', and by God I'm glad they did. It's very sensitively done but it still captures the mood of the song perfectly - probably one of the best songs here. The rest of them are energetic and catchy but they do tend to blend together after a few listens. Unfortunate, because there's gold to be found if you listen closely.
Having been well-versed in the familiar when playing to soldiers abroad, this album is a big leap, and one I am happy to report, they have made really quite well.
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