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Many people did not think that The Matches could create something better than what the did with Decomposer. Let me tell you my friends, there will be no reason to be disappointed. After many, many listens in the past week I have think I can finally give my thoughts on it.
‘E. Von Dahl…’ was pretty pop punk based. ‘Decomposer’ was full of catchiness and uniqueness. ‘A Band In Hope’ is full of randomness and rock power. This is a pure rock album. If people thought Decomposer was random and interesting, listen to to this.
You may notice influences from their past CDs, but this is nothing like you’ve heard before.

Starting off with AM Tilts, it is no Salty Eyes, but very close and an excellent way to start the album. Their City comes out with a powerful chorus. Wake The Sun is slower but very uplifting. Darkness Rising is a very unique track. Starting with the slow piano and ending with the chorus, Queen-esque. To Build A Mountain is another great song, with the use of a background ‘ah’. So far the album starts off very slow compared to Decomposer, but We Are One puts power into words in the ever repeating chorus. Followed by Point Me Toward the Morning has a great chorus, and everything about it is perfect. Just when you think the CD is picking up, it goes to From 24C to Clouds Crash. Both are slow but also very much different musically. Using more electronics in 24C compare to the acoustic in Clouds.
And then all of a sudden Between Halloweens hits your face. Including one of the best bridges I’ve ever heard, “She don’t deserve love, she’ll get what she’s deserving of”. Not just the lyrics, but the Queen influenced power chorus singing makes you want to stand up and scream with a fist in the air. If I Were You, a faster paced fun song. Future Tense reminds me of Decomposer. And Yankee In A Chip Shop strangely reminds me of “The Academy Is…”, with the catchy chorus. And finally the ending song of Proctor Rd.

If you’re looking for another catchy album like past efforts, you could be disappointed. But, that is something you should not be looking for because they do everything else perfectly. The slow, medium, and fast paced songs all fit together. This is a rock album of the ages, an album you can’t get sick of. So many different things I noticed with each listen. Of course, this isn’t an album in which you listen to once and decide if it’s good or not. It took me about 3 or 4 complete cd listenings to fully appreciate the geniousness of the work. If you like rock, you will like this album. But don’t expect the poppiness that people are familiar with. It is it’s own CD, and the Matches are becoming something greater with every album they put out.
Get excited for this release. One word can describe it: Power.

All of the songs could be my favorites, but I will point out my extra favorites.
Wake The Sun, Point Me Toward the Morning, Between Halloween, To Build a Mountain

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I guess I should write a little intro to my blog here. What I will write about…and stuff like that.

I’ll write basically anything that comes to my mind, but mainly sports and music. Since the NFL just started you will see a lot of articles revolving around that. Including fantasy football. I am a big fantasy player, have about 10 years in experience. I’ll probably give me weekly picks of the games, and fantasy tips. I may write about futbol as well, I follow Chelsea and Valencia over in Europe.
Also when the time comes, any other sport there is just about.

On the music side, my tastes include anything with rock in the title. I am not a big fan of rap or country, so you won’t find me writing on those genres. I’ll probably throw some CD reviews here and there.

My favorite NFL team are the Colts, I have followed them for over 10 years now. So I’ll comment about them once in a while. Other than that, I follow all Detroit based teams, including the Lions (just not as much as the Colts).

Well that’s all the main stuff.
I go to Michigan State.

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