Sound — 8
The Getaway Plan are a rock outfit from Melbourne Australia. Their debut album "Other Voices, Other Rooms" has just been released and it's evident with the immediate success of their single "Where The City Meets The Sea" that the only way to go is up. The album kicks straight into gear with the track "Streetlight". Probably the song most alike The Getaway Plan of old, although it has a much more epic feel about it, with the tapping solo the icing on the cake. Next there's the new single "Where The City Meets The sea". This song is a sign of a band bound for greatness. With layers of clean guitar and piano during the verses, and a melodic chorus with crisp vocals this will definatly get the butterflies going at one point or another. "Sleep Spindles" is next on the record, which along with Streetlight it's probably most hard hitting song. Will please older fans, as well as add a bit of variety for those new to the band. The next stand out track for mine is "Red Flag". Starts with piano, creepy feel to the verse, and gets big. Then there's "A Rhapsody On A Windy Night". A simple yet effective riff catches your attention from the start, then musically it's not as layered as some of the other songs, but the vocals will keep you listening right to the end, the vocal harmonies when everything comes to a hault is definatly a stand out on the album, before it kicks back in hard!
Lyrics — 9
Lyrically this record is quite brilliant. It's clear they've gone for quality rather than quantity, but there's definatly some thought and meaning behind every word. Vocally stunning, Matthew Wright is a quality quality singer. Really good range on his vocals, very original. What more can you ask for?
Overall Impression — 8
In terms of the Australian music scene, this will be hard to beat for album of the year. Standout tracks would have to be "Where The City Meets The Sea", "Redflag" and "Streetlight". My only criticism, too short. Other voices, other rooms is 11 tracks with one being a 10 second intro and another a minute or so long intstrumental so ultimately it becomes a 9 track record. Another 2 or 3 songs would stop it feeling like it comes to an abrupt end. But, like I said quality record. Pure Aussie talent.