Sunday, December 4, 2011

Atlantic/Pacific Meet Your New Love

Atlantic/Pacific’s, Meet Your New Love is a nice enough record that’s somewhere between being a bit too folky and a bit too easy listening for its own good. With more acoustic strumming than legally allowed in the lower 48 and enough whispered fairly downtrodden vocals, it’s easy to say that Meet Your New Love is anything but over joyous. Sedate, quiet, and mellow, Atlantic / Pacific seem to be operating under the old adage that quiet is the new loud. Unfortunately, for me that adage is a bit out of date as I like the new loud being loud.

Meet Your New Love isn’t terrible it’s just that it’s not that different from the googol of other bands out there that have manipulated the Coldplay template into something else. I mean Meet Your New Love is lush stuff that as airy as a fall breeze and is so unobtrusive you’ll forget what your listening to, but it just doesn’t seem to go anywhere exciting. If you can imagine the early Kings of Convenience discography than you can kind of picture where Atlantic / Pacific are coming from.

Meet Your New Love has its moments, such as the bluesy guitar work on, “One of One,” the sub upbeat rock of, “The Latest,” or the near shoegazing swirl of, “Let Me Into Your Light,” but there just aren’t enough of them to make me want to listen to it over and over again. Atlantic / Pacific have come up with a relatively decent record that’s the aural equivalent of an overcast and chilly day. It’s cloudy, grey, with occasional rays of sunshine but nothing to get overly excited about.

A bit alt-country, a bit bluesy and a bit folk with some other stuff thrown in Meet Your New Love is a whole bunch of stuff I’m not too keen on. That being said, the band has potential and judging by the last half of Meet Your New Love they should go psychedelic without haste. Until then, Meet Your New Love left me yearning for a quiet day at home and left me waiting to meet my new love in the form of a record that puts a smile on my face.

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