Dirty Wake (Cherry/Universal Music)
By: Alex Steininger
This Chapel Hill four-piece finds themselves diving into sterile rock music on their major label debut. Its attempt at rock is hit-or-miss and normally misses the mark with half-assed attempts at sounding mighty. Though, that isn't where the band thrives. It is in their pop hooks and delicate arrangements that find you really starting to warm up to this band. I even found myself getting into a few of their tracks.
They're your standard-issued, modern rock radio pop band. They use emotionally pulling vocals to captivate you as they wear their heart on their sleeve and dig up painful memories of love gone bad and romance that just didn't work. But, contained within all of this, the band does indeed serve up some nice pop hooks. Not the most potent or even the hardest hitting, they lay the hooks out there with a secure, easy feeling to them and the heart warming, inviting feel sometimes works and drags you into the songs.
If you like VH-1 style, modern rock pop bands that aren't distinct or that different from the next band, but like the occasional tasty pop hook in your bland diet now and then, this might just do it for you. I'll give it a C.
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