The Chess Hotel Review

artist: The Elms date: 08/27/2007 category: compact discs
The Elms: The Chess Hotel
Release Date: May 2, 2006
Label: Universal South
Genres: American Trad Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Number Of Tracks: 13
Fans of their first two albums have known this about the band, but those who are reluctant to try the Elms based on their past history should get past their doubts, because this album proves that this quartet is a good rock & roll band by any standard.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 10
The Chess Hotel Reviewed by: CaptainSBDA, on august 27, 2007
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Sound: The sound of The Elms' music has changed over the course of their career. Their debut was pure Brit-pop, like a lighter version of Oasis. Their second album sounded like Oasis, though it did have other influences. Now this album is a straight-up rock and roll sound, one that hasn't been heard in its pure form in a long time. These guys pull it off brilliantly. Most of it is brash, bold, rock, but it does have mellow moments like "I Left My Body and Never Came Back" and "I've Been Wrong." The bold rock shows on anthems like "Who Puts Rock and Roll in Your Blood?" the first single of the album "Nothin' to Do With Love," boot stomping rockers like "She's Cold!" and epics like "The Towers and the Trains." The sound is brilliant, a revival of true rock and roll could start here. // 10

Lyrics: Owen Thomas (Lead singer and guitarist) is a brilliant musician and songwriter; I would like to think of him as a modern Bob Dylan, lyrically. He has the best vocals I have ever heard; his vocals fit his songs perfectly. Lyrics include songs about what love is and isn't ("Nothin' to Do With Love,") a cruel ex ("She's Cold!") and hard workers (The short acoustic interlude "Bring Me Your Tea.") Great lyrics complement this music well. // 10

Overall Impression: Overall, this is easily the second best album of 2006 (next to "Stadium Arcadium" by RCHP). It's sad that these guys go unnoticed, they've got a dynamite sound and the talent to match. These guys are great at everything they do. Bold lyrics, original sound. That description describes few artists today, but it sure does describe The Elms. // 10

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