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"No Danger" CD

Say Hey Records

Genres: indie rock

Say Hey Records
111 East 14th St
New York, NY 10003

Oct 4 - 10 2004

Only a week after I reviewed Inouk's Search for the Bees EP, I'm on to their new album.  And that's no coincidence - the EP single-handedly initiated my interest in the band, and this disc has cemented it.  Despite my raving, however, No Danger is not an album that is easy to get into.  It has a compelling sound, but Inouk's melodies are written in such a way that you need to grow accustomed to them in order to truly absorb the band's sound.

The name of the game here is indie rock, but it isn't nearly as derivative as you might imagine.  "What I Want" starts things off in a noise-rock vein - it sounds a bit like certain The Firebird Band material, interestingly enough.  "Elected" and "Search for the Bees" are two of the disc's stronger songs; the former boasts a noir-esque atmosphere and a simply momentous chorus, while the latter (originally from the band's EP) is one of those songs that you find ridiculously catchy without even noticing.  Folky "Cherry Orchard" and spunky rocker "Victory" are also highlights, adding some well-advised variation to the disc's overall mood.

No Danger is a very listenable rock album that defies comparison and encourages open-mindedness.  Inouk could be a big name in the future, and if that turns out to be the case, then this is just the beginning.  As for now, they're definitely worth a look.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]