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cd review: anthem in: the cloudbusting ep
21 September, 2009, 12:14 PM
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Reviewed on Thursday, July 23, 2009 by Areti Sakellaris
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3.5 Stars

Anthem In stands poised to break out as one of Brooklyn’s hottest indie rock acts. In a relatively short time since its 2006 formation, Anthem In returns with the irresistibly catchy The Cloudbusting EP. Allen Orr’s lyrics manage to be gentle yet steer clear of sentimentality, and the band’s instrumentation doesn’t overpower. This delicate balance joins spellbinding pop music with dance-friendly hooks, somewhat similarly to Death Cab for Cutie and Rogue Wave. Though Orr doesn’t sound jaded by love or the record industry, his lyrics have an elusive quality and the album begs and pleads for “something pretty” on “Leanings.” And Cloudbusting delivers just that. Lush sounds morph into feedback and a steady bass line on “The Boy is on My Side and hand claps serve as a backdrop on the sanguine “Universal.”

Cloudbusting is a glowing example of a band hitting its stride and sounds like a band completely confident with the material and the manner in which they play. The effect draws listeners in for repeated plays.

College radio fueled their self-titled debut album’s rise up the CMJ charts and into the hearts of indie rock lovers. Their formation seems serendipitous, and together they soaringly cover Kate Bush’s Cloudbusting in what is a precursor of more enchantments on the horizon.


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