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Elway: DelusionsDelusions (2011)
Red Scare

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One could be forgiven for believing that Elway's Delusions was the product of a Chicago band. The album was recorded there with Matt Allison, famed for his work with Chicago bands like Alkaline Trio and the Lawrence Arms, and those two bands are obvious influences on the band's sound. Lyrically, how.
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One could be forgiven for believing that Elway's Delusions was the product of a Chicago band. The album was recorded there with Matt Allison, famed for his work with Chicago bands like Alkaline Trio and the Lawrence Arms, and those two bands are obvious influences on the band's sound. Lyrically, however, Delusions is unmistakably Coloradan. The group's hometown of Fort Collins, as well as Denver and even the Western Slope, all receive shoutouts in one song or another. As a resident of the state for the last 17 years, this gives me a personal connection to the album that I don't get from my favorite Chicago, Florida or Jersey-based bands.

After easing into things with "3/4 Eleanor", the first half of the record is mainly composed of high-speed punk rock tracks, the best of which are the bouncy, Menzingers-esque first single "Passing Days", the faith-bashing "San Mateo" and "Song for Eric Solomon to Sing", a criticism of the current punk scene that climaxes with some of the best "whoa"s you'll hear in a punk song this year.

Generally speaking, the album's second half is a much more mid-tempo affair, and contains some of its strongest melodies–"The Tired Old Whore's Bedside Book" being one of a few standouts. Some of the lyrics come off a little clichéd ("I find myself defeated on a barstool, cheap whiskey tastes like piss when you're drinking all alone"), but they come off honest, rather than forced. The band isn't breaking any new ground musically, either, but Tom Browne's melodic vocals help the group stand out from the gruff pop-punk pack, and give them a strong identity. The rest of the group are no slouches themselves in the vocal department, either. The three-part harmony at the end of "Aphorisms" is proof.

The band has included three re-recorded songs from their days as 10-4 Eleanor ("Whispers in a Shot Glass", "Kristina's Last Song" and "It's Alive!", to be precise), and they don't differ much from their ...Too Bad... counterparts, but Matt Allison working his magic allows them to come through crisper and clearer than before. These will be a treat for listeners who've followed the band since the 10-4 Eleanor days, but are strong enough songs to stand on their own and add to the album as a whole.

Elway have released a fresh-sounding record in a genre that's becoming overcrowded and stale. Their strong sense of melody is what sets them apart and makes this album a worthy purchase. They wear their influences on their sleeves, but they are very clearly their own band, and they've come a long way. Give Delusions a spin.

 

 
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Thumbs (May 28, 2012)

Thumbs split.

mowlio (September 28, 2011)

no.

mowlio (June 3, 2011)

Album of the year? Quite possibly...

exitenglish1208 (May 30, 2011)

this record grows on me with every play

mikexdude (May 18, 2011)

A song about cheap whiskey? How relatable!

keepmedown (May 17, 2011)

Great stuff. Really enjoying it.

MuhammadMormon (May 17, 2011)

Such a pile of shit.
I'm worried for everyone digging this album... early signs of brain damage.
Shittiest signing yet from Red Scare.

Carlo_Cabinetti (May 17, 2011)

Agree so much with Kursk64's comment below...never got in to 10-4 Eleanor but happened to stumble on the punknews stream of this. Awesomesauce.

thepopeofchili-town (May 17, 2011)

Goddamn typos.

xaviersinclair (May 17, 2011)

at first, I'm thinking 'oh, this guy knows the band and this review is biased,' but then he busts out the Tom Browne and suddenly it's clear that no nepotism is involved. Great record! Love the first track.

xshoutoutx (May 17, 2011)

Tom Browne is a pedophile. This album is not.

mcfly (May 17, 2011)

i luv tom browne!

and this album is tits.

jimmynorville (May 17, 2011)

this album is as awesome as a possum

damnitsderek (May 17, 2011)

So much better than I was expecting. And they re-did my two favorite songs from their 10-4 Eleanor LP!

ashtraymonument (May 17, 2011)

who's this tom browne you speak of?

Kursk64 (May 17, 2011)

At first I was all like "It's like Chris McCaughan but worse and the songs drag on a bit" but then after another couple listens I was all like "hey this is way better than I thought"

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