Sound — 8
Chillingly vibrant. Chillingly beautiful. Chillingly effective. Think of Earlimart as Elliott Smith with more electric guitar songs. In fact, the lead singer of Earlimart, Aaron Espinoza, was friends with Elliott Smith before he died. Now, it sounds like Espinoza has carried on Smith's light and haunting vocals. No one will ever replace Elliott Smith, but Earlimart's chemistry together could rival his legacy. From the eerie ballad of "Hold On Slow Down" at the beginning to the ironic, perfectly placed ending song, "It's Okay To Think About Ending" Earlimart takes you down the road of loneliness and lost love. They show that we're misplaced in this world with gut-wrenching cries and spinal-contorting chills.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are almost as complex as they are simple. On some songs they rip at your heart, and on others they enlighten you. They leave some open-ended lyrics so you can make your own interpretations. Songs like "Heaven Adores You" or "Tell The Truth pt. 1 + 2" are pretty self-explanitory. The lyrics seem pretty personal to Espinoza. They're very creative with little clichs in the writing. All of the lyrics effect a certain place in you that only a few bands can do.
Overall Impression — 10
Earlimart is on their way. They already are almost equal to the likes of Elliott Smith, and all of their songs affect you. Every song is unique, and every note is heard. You cannot listen to Earlimart and afterwards think that it touched you a little bit, it will touch you in grand amounts. This is a must have album for anyone. For yourself, for your boyfriend/girlfriend, for your parents, it's for everyone. It is universal to anyone who is willing to listen. Will you listen?