steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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The Remedy Session

"Self-titled" CD

The Redemption Recording Co. / Recovery Records

Genres: indie rock, rock

Recovery Records
1501 SW 25 Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
33312 USA

Sep 22 - 28 2003

Emo music has never been anyone's favourite genre and The Remedy Session are smart to blend their songs with elements of other musical styles (indie rock, punk, even power pop).  But those who have a strong aversion to emo will still dislike this album, and that's kind of inevitable.

Borrowing from Jawbox just as much as from The Get Up Kids, The Remedy Session are a smart, melody-dedicated trio who are two thirds female.  The girl vocals are a nice addition to their powerful, relentless guitar attack.  A song like "Rescue" just basks in hooks despite a raucous, explosive sound.  The whiny emotional angle is not absent on this disc, though, so it's really a matter of taste.

Simply, this is emo music with nice male/female vocals that really add to the fun.  Gems like "Starting Over" are present, although for the most part this album is homogenous and overdone.  Emo kids will want to take a look; others might be better off avoiding the band.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by Lumberjack Distribution, released 2002]