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Cordova: Lie Until It Becomes the TruthLie Until It Becomes the Truth (2005)
Limekiln Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Seven months is not a long amount of time, especially to get a band together, write songs, and record an album, and not even necessarily a good one. But that's what Cordova have done, and done successfully. In seven months time, the band assembled, wrote songs, and made a damn fine twenty minute.
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Seven months is not a long amount of time, especially to get a band together, write songs, and record an album, and not even necessarily a good one.

But that's what Cordova have done, and done successfully. In seven months time, the band assembled, wrote songs, and made a damn fine twenty minutes of music. It hardly seems possible, think about how many bands you can name that have written terrible, terrible albums after being a band for three or four years. But defying convention, Lie Until It Becomes the Truth is a great effort, and a great debut from the Pennsylvania upstarts.

I'm not sure quite what I was expecting when I popped this CD into my drive, but what I got, what I got was highly rewarding. Singer James Synder is both vocally and lyrically extremely versatile, going back and forth between a powerful, soaring vocal style, to a much more quiet, entrancing one. All the while the guitars are strongly churning and driving underneath it all. "Some Killers Are Fashionable," despite the horrible song title, is the album's strongest showing.

Beginning with a soft, repetitious pounding of the drums, followed by the soft, beautiful vocals from Snyder I was referring to earlier, the song follows a very strict structure, but I'll be damned if it's not one of, or probably the catchiest songs I've heard all year. As soon as the first chorus kicks in, there is no doubt the powerful vocals and crashing guitars will have you instantly hooked, as Snyder croons "This is a lover's war" over the powerful instrumentation underneath it all. About halfway through, the bridge comes in, and guitarist Gil Resto repeats the same few progressions over and over, until Snyder comes back in, and as soon as you're completely lulled in with the softer side of his voice, the song explodes into the chorus again. That's when Cordova most impresses, when they're really firing on all cylinders, but luckily for them, they have a vocalist with terrific range and sound that will make any pace and rhythm sound better. The far quieter "The Radio Has No Soul" is the perfect way to end the album, with guitar harmonies so pristine they almost twinkle. The pace does pick up, ending just as strongly as the album started, with the words "radio, has got no soul, the radio, has got no soul" resonating in your head long after the song is over.

Just a terrific effort from the this Philly foursome, one that hopefully serves as a prelude for what this talented band could accomplish in future ventures. Worth checking out just for "Some Killers Are Fashionable," which will find a way into your subconscious, and never, ever leave.

 

 
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Anonymous (December 7, 2005)

these guys are great. love the ep looking forward to a full length.

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

I seen Cordova in Baltimore @ The Ottobar when they were on tour with mewithoutyou and they were the nicest band ever. Songs are catchy as hell and they are tight as shit live. These guys blow away 99% of the bands out there today. These guys are going to explode in 2006.
Buy their record now!!!

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

Best CD of 2005!!!! Don't leave home without it!!!

RondoMondo (December 5, 2005)

Atomic Lipstick is a bad-ass song.

housewrecker (December 5, 2005)

Jim's voice is as good or better live than it is on that EP. Pretty damn impressive...

Anonymous (December 4, 2005)

very good ep. i dont think it sounds like any weston album, but i like it, althought its a little repetative. looking forward to a full album to see where they go w/ this

Anonymous (December 4, 2005)

1. this band isn't from philly. the label is, the band isn't.

2. not surprised that this record is impressive considering the members. should have done some research. 7 months isn't hard to believe when the majority of the band has been in previously hardworking and known (or somewhat known) bands.

Anonymous (December 4, 2005)

No mention of Weston?

The question is, does this sound like Massed Albert Sounds? More than likely, i'm sure.

Weston, Got Beat Up is a classic pop punk album. I was very very sad when I heard the steaming pile that was Massed Albert Sounds.

I will give this a listen but I don't expect much.

-MANSIZEBOOGEREATER

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