"Nothing's Getting Better" CD
Genres: indie rock, rock
51-59 Spencer Avenue
Canada, M6K 2J7
Sep 6 - 12 2004
Nothing's Getting Better is a very crisp indie rock album, but
it will take a few listens before the songs "sink in."
Although Leviride is good at assembling strong, melodic pop
tunes, their hooks aren't as immediately accessible as you might
expect. After you've heard this album three or four times, you
will finally start to sing along to a few of the tracks in your head.
The fact that some of these songs are more infectious than others
makes it easier to single out the better tracks. "Big Black
Limousine," for example, is just an incredibly infectious pop
number - one of the album's best, by far - and "In Flames"
and "Juxtaposition" successfully go for that melodic, epic rock
feel. There are also, of course, a few duds on Nothing's
Getting Better. "Tiger Lilies" and "And Then I
Depart" come to mind, as they both lack substance and hooks. However, the occasional off moment is excusable
for a debut album, especially considering how good some of the other
songs are. Obviously, this isn't the perfect record - but it makes for a
solid and entertaining listen.
NOTE: Next time around, I implore Leviride to include the
intro in their track listing - otherwise, all the track numbers become
skewed with relation to the printed song list. It's quite
annoying having to remember that track five on the case is actually
track six on the CD. HARUMPH!
11 tracks, distributed by the
band, released 2003]