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Emotional Rec Club
Emotional Rec Club
Outcrowd Records

Rating: 6/10 ?

October 1, 2004
If you like shimmering tight knit pop you will gladly welcome Emotional Rec Club with open arms. The songs sparkle with bright melodies that are catchy enough to be played on any radio station. However much like radio songs, Emotional Rec Club often finds itself with an absence of substance and resonance that borders on clichéd and insipid.

The forceful and stomping "Cool As Shit" is a prime example of this rock without substance. It's power pop onslaught is built around a mindless refrain of the title, as the guitars fuzz and the percussion pops. This lack of lyrical profundity occurs repeatedly but the biggest crime is the recitation of the entire alphabet in "Orangefinger". If you listened to this track about 100 times your brain just might turn into mush.

What Joseph Donhowe and Emotional Rec Club do well is craft some sleek attention grabbers, and hooks that are instantly and immediately pleasing to the ear. The first time around this will make the album a smooth and easy listen. After repeated listens though, it all sounds a little too calculated. It's quite indistinguishable from pop-rock radio fodder, anything from the Goo Goo Dolls to Ryan Adams to the Foo Fighters.

While Emotional Rec Club provides the sugar and the hooks to have you sing along after only a couple of listens, this immediate gratification slowly slips away. Once it does there isn't much substantial enough to keep you coming back for repeated listens. It's got the solid foundation, now if Emotional Rec Club could build on it, everything would be set.

Reviewed by Dan Williams
A staff writer based in Brooklyn, New York, Dan Williams is a frequent contributor to LAS magazine. He once lived in Köln, Germany for a semester, is currently persuing his MBA in New York, and recently switched sides and began working as a publicist for Special Ops Media in New York.

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