Redemption Recording Co. / Recovery
Genres: indie rock, rock
1501 SW 25 Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sep 22 - 28 2003
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.
[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by Lumberjack
Distribution, released 2002]