Thursday, January 10, 2008

Houston Calls - A Collection of Short Stories

Fret not emo kids, I'm back with a gem of pop-punk wonderment: Houston Calls' first full length debut (albeit from 2005). Aggressive and straightforward, this album relishes in the synthesizer and keyboard, an homage apparent in the likes of their larger predecessors such as Motion City Soundtrack and Reggie and the Full Effect. The tempo flows smoothly between quick melodies and longer songs that speak wonders for the creative writing done by Thomas Keiger, fabricating what can almost be considered (and what he was probably shooting for), short stories, each track being a self-contained "lost love" soliloquy. Standout Tracks: "Bob and Bonnie," and "The Better Part of Valor." Rating: 9/10

Bob and Bonnie


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