Wednesday, October 20, 2010

CD Review: Boston's Aloud Brings Us To "Exile"

Boston band, Aloud return with their third indie release entitled "Exile." The new album expands the band's sound as bandleaders Henry Beguiristain and Jen de la Osa add a more mature, sophisticated sound on this latest release.

The slow build of "Burning Bright" displays how Aloud's new approach doesn't try to push the music onto you, but gradually build the song's structure. Jen's vocals become the main focus on the slow-jaunt of "Broken Hearts" and the pulsating beat of "A Light That Shines." Jen and Henry take turns singing lead vocals, but when their voices mesh on "Old Solider," you feel the chemistry between the two. The up-tempo beat of "Counterfeit Star" gives the listener a much needed break from the melodic-filled melodies that make up most of the album's sound. "The Urgent Letter" is another song that stands-out vocally and shows the band's mature song-writing.

Aloud will begin their 50-date tour this weekend with a pair of CMJ Music Marathon shows in New York. Their new album was released on Lemon Merchant Records and is available through the band's website

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