Monday, September 28, 2009

Pandora's Box

OK, before I say anything else, yes, that's a cheesy band name.
Yes, there's some melodrama, and yes, there is a lot of pretension. This is SRS RT. But, my final valuation is whether it's enjoyable, and the new album by Pandora's Box, called "Barriers" is enjoyable.
This five piece German band sound like a less experimental, more acoustic version of what Radiohead were doing around the "Paranoid Android" bit. The vocals are closer to Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, and there's a definite prog-rock undertone, but they're clearly interested in bringing popular music somewhere new, and you have to give that a little compensation. They're nowhere near as bad as a lot of those bands who claim to be "post-rock". This stuff still has some syncopation, and some heft and some momentum. It's worth your time to listen.

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