Snowden – No One In Control (2013)

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2006′s Anti-anti sequence finishes the 6-year hiatus and sees Snowden confirming the band’s capacity of blending dream-pop with a more smooth and soft production. First album had the chance to come up along with the effervescent NY scene at that time, and the band’s sound maturity between their 2 long play releases is easily noted in No One In Control.

Starting with a space keyboard, self-titled and opening track quickly receives percussion and higher beats that makes the lovely melody increasingly stronger as the 7-minute song progress. Next track “So Red” maintain all the keyboard landscapes and minimalist beats. Without changing their proposal and style, No One In Control reaches the fourth step with “The Beat Comes”, which couldn’t be better chosen to illustrate the album’s vibe, either lyrical or musically. Also quite noticeable are the tender vocals of the singer Jordan Jeffares.

In “Hiss” the guitars receive more space and, whether coincidentally or not, I got that feeling when an album starts climbing down a bit. Guitars are good though, they bring me to ears similar notes and vibe I’ve already faced in Film School’s first album. Things get interesting again with “Don’t Really Know Me”, a perfectly balanced track by itself defines where the Snowden music is situated. It’s soft but not boring, easy for listen but not pop, kind ethereal but yet way accessible. Overall, No One In Control maintains the band in that imaginary above-average line, but also gives the feeling that time spent on it could have turned out into something better, leaving this release slightly misplaced in the scene.

01 – No One In Control
02 – So Red
03 – Anemone Arms
04 – The Beat Comes
05 – Hiss
06 – Keep Quiet
07 – Don’t Really Know Me
08 – Not Good Enough
09 – Candy for Everyone
10 – No Words No More
11 – This Year

Rating: 8.3

 

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