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Harris
New Morning Pulse
Urinine Records

Rating: 6.5/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Despite having the worst written bio ever, I still decided to give Harris a listen. Maybe I thought I could identify with the incredibly 'emo' girl on the cover, or maybe the poor bio actually piqued my interest, but either way I'm mostly glad I took a chance on New Morning Pulse.

Although they are nothing terribly special, Harris does get points for not yet falling in with the MTV-emo crowd. To be honest, with the recent emergence and over-saturation of "emo" acts, it's sorta hard to pinpoint wherein that genre Harris would fall. If they were poppier, they'd fit a lineup for the Yellowcard types. If they leaned more towards the heavy side, lumping them as "screamo" would be a piece of cake.

The thing is though, Harris wavers to both sides. New Morning Pulse gets steadily more aggressive as the disc progresses, coming to a head on the appropriately titled "Burn this Mother Down." While Harris do not ever stay into outright ballad territory, they do alright in their land of middle ground. "Literal" is a high-point - a fun, rough romp that isn't too emo and isn't too hardcore (if either). The very rhythmic piece may need to grow on you a bit, but eventually it's just too catchy to deny. New Morning Pulse isn't a record you'll necessarily mind listening to, but it just may not be worth seeking out. Harris tend to reside in the middle of the road, but to their credit, at least it's a nice neighborhood.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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