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Tourmaline: Strange Distress CallsStrange Distress Calls (2005)
Reviewer Rating: 3
Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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Car trips can be an amazing thing for an individual. They can be full of truck stops, self searching, and singing along to your favorite album as loud as possible at night with the windows down, because nobody can hear that you actually suck at it. They can also be trips from New York to Florida an.
Car trips can be an amazing thing for an individual. They can be full of truck stops, self searching, and singing along to your favorite album as loud as possible at night with the windows down, because nobody can hear that you actually suck at it. They can also be trips from New York to Florida and back again, with the other five members of your family cramped into a Dodge Caravan for 8 hours a day having nothing else to do but try and spot a license play from each of the 50 states. Come on, you know youíve all tried it once. Strange Distress Calls, Tourmalineís No Milk Records rebut, resides in the former of those categories, putting itself out there as an excellent soundtrack to a late night car ride.
I am angered Ďcause you donít care, upset Iím sitting in my world and I feel it coming back / And itís okay, Iíve walked a thousand miles to see what itís like to feel love / I wonít be hurting, I wonít belong, Iíll just be dying in my dreams tonight.The whimsical, subdued nature of Rauchís words almost trick me into thinking that those lyrics arenít as horrible as they seemed in the liner notes, but further inspection reveals my initial assumptions were correct; the band canít write solid lyrics. Some songs are better than others, but the songs on the worse end of the spectrum are bad enough to really take notice of, just as in ďGray Skies.Ē
If lyrics wonít stop you from purchasing an album, than Strange Distress Signals will find a home in a lot of your late night summer drives, while singing where nobody can tell you to shut up for being horrible. Thereís some real promise here, and some excellent harmonies and choruses that really keep the pace of this record going. While thereís a lot to like, thereís also a decent amount that could be improved upon before these guys record again. Some tweaks in song structure and lyrical composition, and theyíre well on their way to having a permanent spot in a lot of car sun visor CD cases.
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