"The Translation" CD
Genres: indie rock, indie pop
Dec 13 - 19 2004
Loretta continuously get billed as a Radiohead rip-off,
but there's more of a rock angle on display on The Translation.
Instead of self-obsessed pretension and fruitless experimentation, Loretta
brings us eleven infectious rock songs. Sure, it's hard not to
notice the frequent similarities to Thom Yorke and co, but
there's enough content here to satisfy the average listener.
"The Morning After" and "Collide" are
exceptionally moving pop songs (both nab Yorke's vocal style,
but thankfully use it to good effect.) "Stolypin
Neckties" and "Foe," meanwhile, are passionate,
infectious rock tunes not far removed from "epic"
status. A few of the songs, like "Sinking Ships" and
"Adonais," are particularly mediocre and uninteresting, but
that sort of thing is excusable for a new band.
Loretta could certainly use a bit of a fresher concept
(though the rockier Radiohead formula will probably carry them
for awhile). As well, some of the longer songs on this disc
could be shortened. However, for a debut album, this makes
for an entertaining and long-lasting listen.
11 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]