Medications - Your Favorite People All In One Place
"What’s that, Lassie? An indie rock band? And they don’t sound like they want to be Modest Mouse when they grow up?! Tell me more!" This about sums up my feelings on Medications and their album, Your Favorite People All in One Place. Leave it to Dischord records, or maybe just Ian McKaye, to deliver something that’s--gasp--refreshing. This album relies heavily on riffs, but not in an annoying way, and best of all, not in any way that brings to mind a) The Killers b) Franz Ferdinand c) Death Cab For Cutie, or d) Spoon. The whole thing sounds like more of a throwback to the nineties, when the word emo was safe at home in the mouths of a few bearded dudes from Washington DC. The first comparisons that come to mind are Fugazi (Hm. And on McKaye’s own label…), Sunny Day Real Estate, and assorted vaguely Pixies influenced bands. Heavy rockers like "…Or at Least as Bad" and "Magazines for Entertainment" are nicely balanced out by attention grabbing yet low key ballady tunes like "Twine Time," and my personal favorite track, the album’s closer, "Occupied." After a couple of listens, All Your Favorite People in One Place is a cohesive, interesting record. Some people might complain of a lack of variety, but something tells me that’s not what this band is all about. They have a contemplative, intricate sound, and it’s yours to take it or leave it.
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on 2007-05-30 dscanland Said:
Andy, it's great to see a review from you again. Decent too. Makes me want to pick up the album! Thanks.