The Meeting Places
"Find Yourself Along the Way" CD
Genres: shoegazer, indie rock, dream pop
Words on Music
715 University Avenue SE #201
Dec 1 - 7 2003
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.
[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]