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Oh Messy Life

Oh Messy Life: The Literature EPThe Literature EP (2006)
Hobbledehoy

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: jfultonjfulton
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I remember being introduced to Staying at Home a number of years ago, a Sydney three-piece with a wonderful energy that immediately conjured up the warm feelings I had first listening to the Hey Mercedes EP. But frontman Adam Lees was obviously never quite letting on just what he was capable of, and.
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I remember being introduced to Staying at Home a number of years ago, a Sydney three-piece with a wonderful energy that immediately conjured up the warm feelings I had first listening to the Hey Mercedes EP. But frontman Adam Lees was obviously never quite letting on just what he was capable of, and now I hear he has a solo record? I'm ever so intriguedâ?¦

Initially I was expecting an Owen clone with an added unhealthy dose of Dashboard Confessional, but was somewhat surprised. The record begins as expected, but then not half a minute in, a sudden rush of electric guitar overwhelms the acoustic on "Gathering Into a Leap." "Centipedes" is most certainly the standout, and an unmentioned rendition of Braid's "Sound Like Violence" is perfectly capped off at the end with a distinct Adam Lees sound.

That's the difference between an interesting solo record and another that stays on the shelf, never to be spun again -- a distinctive sound. It's Oh Messy Life's strong, bittersweet vocal matched with powerful yet subtle songwriting that does it. Sure, there are elements of Owen, Hey Mercedes and perhaps even the entire Redder Records catalog, but I wouldn't compare this to any of the aforementioned. Perhaps the best way to describe this record is simply this: an uplifting, soft, emo-pop record that makes me wonder why Adam doesn't have a Chris Carrabba following. Because he's certainly not a bad-looking boy either!

 


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chorus_of_one (February 10, 2008)

very poorly written review

video_cognito (May 17, 2007)

Are they better than Scary Kids Scaring Kids?

Anonymous (May 17, 2007)

Mud muddy slush slushy mud

benz (May 16, 2007)

"i hoper you're a chick"

"yeah that last sentence made me cringe"

You guys are toootally gaaaay.

-benz

benz (May 16, 2007)

Why are there sooo many fucking bands with Cap'n Jazz refernce names (aside from the obvious reason that Cap'n Jazz was awesome).

Score's for Cap'n Jazz.

-benz

Ollywood (May 15, 2007)

yeah that last sentence made me cringe

bombshoes (May 15, 2007)

haha that last sentence is such a bad way to end a review.

this band better be as good as the song they named themselves for.

I-type-poorly (May 15, 2007)

score is for ball pits. They were my favorite as a kid. In today's world, child molesters probably rest at the bottom of them though.

baseball (May 15, 2007)

only Cap'n Jazz song i ever liked

bigeazy (May 15, 2007)

i hoper you're a chick

bigeazy (May 15, 2007)

i hoper you're a chick

Anonymous (May 15, 2007)

hard to read this. oh well, braid is better. but capnjazz tops it all.

Anonymous (May 15, 2007)

LOL @ yet another band with a Cap'n Jazz song as their name.

Anonymous (May 15, 2007)

Cap'n Jazz reference?

Anonymous (May 15, 2007)

this was a horrible review.

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