Album – Better Days – The Perms

Posted by admin on October 6th, 2006

  • Band / Artist : The PermsmySpace
  • Genre : Powerpop / Pop / Alternative
  • Sample Track Download : Lies
  • Buy CD : CD Baby
  • Buy Digital Download : iTunes
  • Rating : 8 out of 10

It’s not often you hear brass accompaniment in todays’s rock, which is all the pity, when it’s as stonkingly good as this. The album opens up with “Bring You Down”, which is a nice fusion of rock, pop and that previously mentioned brass sound. The Perms have a sound that reminds me very much of a combination of Squeeze and Madness, with just a tinge of Elvis Costello. There’s also something that reminds me of the recently reviewed John Evans band, especially the track “Lies”. This album contains 11 tracks, which have that very strong signature sound.

I love an album that has so many strong tracks. Usually most albums reviewed have 1 or 2 really stellar tracks, and an OK rest of the album. Here’s it’s very nearly 50% of the album, with the balance still being exceedingly good. Picking out my favorite tracks, I’d have to say they are “Lies”, “While I’m Away”, “Versus”, “Saturday Night” and “Holding On”, which are nicely spread out throughout the album.

I’ve reviewed quite a few bands from Canada. The Perms are from Winnipeg. Many of the Canadian bands, have a very distinctive edge to their music, which gives away Canadian roots. The Perms don’t have this sound, but instead have a much more mainstay, powerpop sound, which you can well imagine being played on the radio.

Conclusion : I just love the feel of this album. It has a real up beat sound, with a great balance of tracks.

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