"Keep on Running" CD
Genres: pop, jangle pop, indie pop
Sep 23 - 29 2002
on Running is an extremely ambitious project from Endgames,
following shortly after last year's Crown Point Summer EP. The
band specializes in moody, jangly pop songs that appeal to those
looking for more of the recent "alternative rock"
generation. Fortunately, the band can boast a few ideas to itself, and
does sound surprisingly fresh.
Songs like "An Invitation" and "Gene Clark
Kent" are simply packed full with infectious melodies and
choruses, and will appeal to pretty much everyone. While their glossy
style may make indie kids wary, it shouldn't take much for the band to
ingratiate itself with the scenesters, as the melodies themselves can
carry the band. "Try", the first song on this album, is an
excellent example of the their catchy songwriting style. Right from
the first listen, you realize that it's going to be stuck in your head
for a while. While this is all great, Keep on Running also has
its share of problems. At times, the vocals and the instruments don't
always blend right, and the innovation level is relatively low (there
isn't anything on this album that hasn't been done before). As well,
some of the compositions could use a bit of touching up, as they are
not particularly strong.
All in all, Endgames are proving themselves to be a very
fine band. It would come as no surprise if some of these songs became
popular - this should appeal to even the most musically inept. While Keep
on Running's problems weigh down on it strongly, it is,
ultimately, a satisfying record.
36 min 30 sec; 11 tracks; distributed by CD