North review by Something Corporate

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  • Released: Oct 21, 2003
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.5 (6 votes)
Something Corporate: North
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Sound — 8
Something Corporate must be something that's overlooked and at that same time something special. I believe this album doesn't get the recognition it not necessarily deserves, but most imporantly needs. The band blends and batters piano with rock n' roll with a close to Guns N' Roses style, not as much guitar solos or anything of that sort but they make the piano rock like GN'R did long ago. The album targets a very tight college audience and really hits home with the melodies, whether it's a soft melody or a heavier one it does indeed hit right where it needs to be. The band used a nice mid-tempo rock that really makes it easy listening and makes you wanna play it again and again. The sound is unique to a certain audience, it's too bad everyone won't give them a chance.

Lyrics — 10
Andrew McMahon writes some very personal lyrics on this album. Songs like "Down" brush a picture with oil-based paint to show it. "Build my walls up, concrete castles" he sings. The melody is very nice in this song in particular. The singing skills are very rich with different vocal styles from high to low and to mid. Andrew can hit all the notes for this music. Lyrics are written by Andrew (singer, piano) and Josh Parlington (guitar). Andrew writes more then Josh does though. The lyrics and music play out well together that is SoCo's strength. Lyrics are important and SoCo shows why.

Overall Impression — 8
This isn't better then their debut LP "Leaving Through The Window" but it is a good album all the way. The better songs are "Down," "Space," "Me And The Moon" and "Only Ashes." The album is consistent and their is no weak song or dumb song on this record. If I lost this record I would buy it eventually but not right away. It's a good record for the soul. Something Corporate is something special.

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