Genre: dream-pop, indie pop,
Mar 23, 2009
What Benjamin Bear has described
as "stargazer" is actually dramatic, piano-led dream pop. This record
is a melodic and emotional effort, heavily reminiscent of a spacey
rock band named Inouk. Other frames of reference are The
Zephyrs, mellower Modest Mouse, and even Coldplay.
The lead vocalist's voice is uniquely nasal-esque but oddly enjoyable,
well complemented by the elegantly
expressive piano parts. Ultimately, Lungs is a sprawling and
heavy disc, although its consistent, rolling nature can result in it
fading quietly into the background. I'm
reminded of The Perishers to that effect.
At times, however,
the songs are really quite enjoyable. Opener "Station Rest Release"
and dynamic "Frictionless" see Benjamin Bear at
their best. Conversely, there aren't any
particularly dreadful moments on Lungs -
it's more that the record tends to blend into itself, resulting in a
blandly homogeneous mush. For all their dynamic instrumentation
and intense crescendoing, these songs don't
do much to differentiate themselves from one another. As a result,
Benjamin Bear is a solid teenage post-break-up bedroom band, but a
more varied approach
might make their next record that much more engaging.
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