Sound — 7
Young band Hospital Garden has finally released their debut album after two successful Ep's. The first listen through sounds awkward, as the distorted guitars are extremely fuzzy, causing some muffled sounds in the songs, which messes the mixing up at times. Other from this, the mixing is done pretty well for a debut album. The guitars on distortion mode are very fuzzy, but it adds a more energetic and thrashy feeling for a rock band, which is a feeling I liked a lot. The leads are simple yet effective, and the clean parts are even better. The clean guitars are funky chord shapes with quick changes that remind me of Razorlight, and overall are very catchy and fun to dance too. The drums offered by Ian Spencer are kept at good rhythms, and offer a variety of good fills. The bass is actually heard on this album, which I love to hear. The music overall reminds me of british pop band The Subways mixed with Razorlight, which I think is a good combo to hear. The solos are very grungy sounding, making use of various effects and lots of odd bends and gain feedback from the amplifier. This really makes up for the fuzzy chords and riffs. The energy thrown into the music shows how much fun this trio has together, and that is what music should sound like.
Lyrics — 8
The vocals on the album are generally calming, and really relax the listener. The vocals are very 90's esque and the two vocalists Lucas Hollow and Sarah Carey do make quite the team on the vocal end. Hollow can sing many different ways, from the monotone and sluggish vocals to the soft and ballad voices. Sarah Carey has her own vocals on songs, and she can pull off the exact same voices as Hollow, which is very impressing. Reverb is heavily used on the vocals in some songs. This adds a good feel to certain songs. The vocals seem to take the looks on life, as if driving through the streets and seeing things across the city. The lyrics make use of many similes as well. The vocal efforts make the album worth listening too.
Overall Impression — 7
If you give this album a listen through, it will be quite fun to listen to, due to the different types of songs on the album. They range from multiple genres including Rock, Classic Rock, Grunge, and even soft ballads. Tourniquet is probably the most energetic song on the album, with trumpets, gain feedback, and highly effect driven guitars adding an industrial rock feel. The constant change through soft and heavy songs keeps the listener interested, and the vocals are always a good listen. Hospital Gardens self-title is worth the money to get for all rock fans.