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Some Are Lakes

Author: Andrew Klatzke
09/17/2008 | | Album Review
In the past few years, more and more female-fronted rock groups have been appearing. Of course there have always been female fronted bands, but it seems like they've only recently became abundant. On the pop-rock front, you've got Paramore (and all the bands now trying to get a piece of their success) and on the indie-rock front, you've got bands like Lydia and Straylight Run. Land Of Talk is another one of these groups that's beginning to find themselves a niche in the ranks of these groups.

The vocals are the real deciding factor for this group. While lead vocalist Elizabeth Powell keeps up a reputation as a fairly powerful vocalist thoughout the album, there are a few slip-ups. Most of the time, she keeps her vocals fluctuating and strong, but at some points it seems like she almost tries too hard to make her voice noticed and her voice ends up faltering. When this happens, it makes syllables, and even sometimes entire words and sentences, uncomprehensible. The main place where this is apparent is in the title track, where the style of her singing just makes a lot of the lyrics hard to understand. This is really only an issue in the faster-paced tracks, and even in those tracks, you can still tell that Powell has some serious talent. However, her vocals really shine during the slower songs such as "It's Okay" and "Troubled."

The instrumentation is what really holds the album together. They play the same kind of quirky rock that many other indie artists do, but they've found a way to keep their arrangements entertaining. Whether they're orchestrating across a slow or quick paced song, the instruments keep the song moving along. They don't make the mistake that some indie artists do and make their album too gentle, but they also don't make it too erratic; the songs have just enough of a bite to keep them interesting.

The consistency of the album is notable. The tracks don't bleed together, which is always a great thing. Some tracks are obviously better than others, but none of the tracks are complete flops by any means. Each of them have just enough of a difference to make it stand out on the album, without having a bunch of songs that seem almost thrown together.

Indie-rock is constantly growing and changing, and Land Of Talk seem to be finding themselves a place in the genre. While most people are instantly going to draw comparisons to other female-fronted indie acts, it probably won't be long before they're able to stand on their own. Some Are Lakes, while not perfect, is a good, impressive album that should help Land Of Talk find their way into the evolving scene of indie rock.
Some Are Lakes

Some Are Lakes

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