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info opinion


"Night Light" CDEP

Favorite Street

Genres: indie rock, indie pop

106-A East Mary St
Austin TX 78704

Jan 31 - Feb 6 2005

There's something missing here.  Night Light is by no means a bad EP, but it's lacking a conclusive sound of its own; these songs seem a bit anonymous and dull, never breaking out into true catchiness and melody.  Hitchhike come off as tentative and restrained on these five songs - the technical details are solid, but there's a lack of musical climaxes.  "I'm Not Tired," for example, is a perfectly serviceable pop/rock song, but its chorus doesn't satisfy the build-up - I would have preferred a faster vocal melody (more words, same instrumentation.)  "It's Not You and Me" has a similar problem; it never seems to reach a peak, instead staying in a comfortable but unsatisfying melodic cycle.  "As It Is Said" is a bit more adventurous, but, as the last song on this disc, it isn't enough to salvage this EP.  There's just some minor ingredient missing.  Overall, this is a pretty good CD; it simply sounds like it could have benefited from a bit more time in the cooker.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 5 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2004]