General Fiasco – Buildings – Album Review

The trio from Northern Ireland released their debut album, Buildings, on March 22nd, 2010. The band have been highly criticised for not breaking any genre moulds with their debut album, and it’s easy to see why. In the past half an hour of listening to their album, I must have compared them to pretty much every other band on my iTunes. Mew, The Pigeon Detectives, Absent Kid, The View…I could go on. But all of these bands had their success a few years ago; it may be hard for these boys to catch up.

The first two songs, ‘We Are The Foolish‘ and ‘Ever So Shy‘, are a great start to the album. Their up-beat tempos and catchy choruses really get you interested in the band. Ironically, these are the two songs that the band has released, because it all heads downhill from here.

Lead singer, Owen Strathern, can easily be compared with The Enemy’s front-man, Tom Clarke; maybe with a change of accent and the addition of a few high-pitched squeals at any rate. It’s obvious that there is a lot of talent in the band, but they seemed to have put this to waste and given up at some point during recording; a nice effort for the fans who have only listened to their releases at least.

Although the album is worth a listen, if only really for the first six minutes in any case, the bands sound is nothing unique. Each song ends up carrying the same mid-pace rhythm, not lifting the mood or offering anything new to heighten our spirits. The lyrics are meaningless, and in most places don’t even make sense. But it’s not until you start thinking about this as a whole that you see its major flaws. I guess it could work as background noise.

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