Artist: Small Change Romeos
Album: Mystery Sings
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative, Americana
Mystery Sings, released on June 30, 2016 is Small Change Romeo’s new album. It has got 10 tracks and this is a heady mix of Americana, good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll and some groovy riffs thrown in between clean vocals and trippy drumming.
|2. Night is Over|
|3. Cheap Shoes|
|4. You Remind Me|
|5. Don’t I Know|
|7. You’re Not There|
|8. Island Sun|
|9. Into You|
|10. River of Life|
- Dandelion The first track off this new Small Change Romeos album is a simple ballad that is a throwback to straight up rock n roll with bits of Americana thrown in between. It simmers and brews a concoction that can get quite intoxicating and promises a lot more of that through the rest of the album.
- Night is Over Drummer Matt Berg opens this song with a roll that is at once immediate and infectious. It’s got a twinge of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Chris James and Mike Ruy keep the songwriting simple and clean and the bass riffs are sharp and keep the melody going throughout this 3 and a half minute track.
- Cheap Shoes The third track mellows down a bit. The infectious energy of the previous two songs slow down a bit on this one but it still retains its own charm and has its place on the album, bringing the groove factor down a notch easing listeners to a relaxed state.
- You Remind Me This is the fourth track and it’s got pretty easy hooks. The chords are in place, the vocals keep it low and the Romeos are aiming for depth more than surfaces in this one. Perhaps the most lyrically beautiful song off this album.
- Don’t I Know This is an interlude and brings the rising tide off the previous few songs to a halt. It is more or less the same in terms of composition. Bits of Americana thrown in with lots of rock and roll bits that make it a little redundant.
- Tonight Is my most boring song off this album. I found it redundant and felt it didn’t really belong on the album and could have done with a bit of editing. The lyrics aren’t all that special or new. The guitars jangle and chug along and the drumming seems uninspired too.
- You’re Not There This brings the energy off the album up a notch. The vocals touch higher and higher notes and the distinct riffs of the Romeos carry it through. It’s a tight song and it goes well with the overarching musical context.
- Island Sun Although this is no concept album, one can sense a theme or a motif. Certain riffs get repeated it feels like Island Sun belongs to the category of songs on this album that reminds you of the title track and in a good way. The repetitive nature of the composition feels pleasant rather than out of place this time around.
- Into You A good piece of Alternative rock. Unknown or Forgotten described these boys as Pearl Jam meets Bad Company and that gets justified here. Thick riffs, catchy guitar and some groovy vocals make the penultimate track a keeper.
- River of Life This is the closing track and it’s got echoes of Patrick Park and evokes nostalgia. A beautiful little track that keeps the album close on a high note.
Picks of the album: Dandelion, Night is over, River of Life