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Dying To Say This To You
New Line

Rating: 7/10 ?


April 12, 2006
There seems to be one overarching question concerning the Sounds' latest LP: Do all of the songs sound the same? The answer to this is yes, but while we might be party to some pattern recognition, the cohesive, hooky pop is enjoyable every time it's served.

The sheer brattitude of "Song With A Mission" picks up right where 2003's Living In America left off: it is a snarling, shouting party anthem of Kenickie-style smooth pop. If you continually dig out your Go-Gos and 80s-era Blondie records to bask in the lip gloss-smacking sound, Dying To Say This To You is the modern recoat for you. On the flipside, if you like more reality in your pop, this may be too stylized and brightly colored for your taste.

If you are one of those music-loving masses who pines to hear something humble, the acoustic version of "Night After Night" at the disc's center may be the only track to ease into. It is a panging, lonely ballad that appears as an illusion in light of the rest of the highly polished pop nuggets. Let it be known, however, that the Sounds are absolutely good at what they do, if you're prepared to have some fun.

"Hurt You" is almost unnervingly catchy, its vision in line with the Cars' view of the 80s. The hidden full band version of "Night After Night" makes its pared down counterpart seem like an entirely different song, focusing on bitterness instead of hurt as it burns clean through electric guitars. "Tony The Beat" is an early favorite, capturing the allure of strangulated sexual tension and stealing some of Debbie Harry's hypnotic moves. While tracks like "Painted By Numbers" push the limits of how synthetic their signature should sound, Dying To Say This To You takes its captors back to a time of truly undeniable hooks and tight, snapping pop traps; once it seduces your senses, it doesn't let go. It's clear in the unapologetic, drunken volume and flashing dancehall lights that the Sounds have a definite plan to take over the world: one wild block party at a time.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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