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The Meeting Places

"Find Yourself Along the Way" CD

Words on Music

Genres: shoegazer, indie rock, dream pop

Words on Music
715 University Avenue SE #201
Minneapolis, MN

Dec 1 - 7 2003

It can't be argued, The Meeting Places' debut album, Find Yourself Along the Way, is a terrific record.  It only takes the disc ten songs to prove to you that the band is one of the most promising and enjoyable shoegazer acts to come along since Yo La Tengo.  Every dream pop fanatic needs to go out and buy this.

The album starts off with the monumental "Freeze Our Stares," a powerful, emotional piece of music that is among the album's best.  But even that doesn't set you up for some of the album's other highlights.  "Same Lies as Yesterday" is the album's top "single," as it is one of the most infectious on the disc; layers of feedback and fuzz coat some blazing guitar soloing and a very catchy vocal melody.  "Wide Awake," meanwhile, is a slightly unconventional piece of shoegazer, with a strong, well-accentuated melody and a colossal feel.  It drifts away from My Bloody Valentine comparisons and is much closer to Yo La Tengo at their peak.

This is one of the best albums to come out this year.  Although The Meeting Places don't really change their formula for any of Find Yourself Along the Way's ten songs, I'm so engrossed in their sound that I couldn't care less.  This album is worth your time and your money.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]