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Daniel Striped Tiger

Daniel Striped Tiger: Capital CitiesCapital Cities (2007)
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Almost a year and a half ago I reviewed Daniel Striped Tiger's first full-length, Condition. It was mostly favorable, but Condition didn't really hit me the way I was hoping. For whatever reason, its full-length followup, the compact, seven-song Cities, sounds different in a lot of ways, but I still.


Almost a year and a half ago I reviewed Daniel Striped Tiger's first full-length, Condition. It was mostly favorable, but Condition didn't really hit me the way I was hoping. For whatever reason, its full-length followup, the compact, seven-song Cities, sounds different in a lot of ways, but I still feel the same exact way about the band: They write solid, creative songs that unfortunately remain fairly forgettable.

In this process of progression, Daniel Striped Tiger seem to have become a little more instrumental-dependent and a lot less jazzy. An interesting instrumental of sorts in "Shadow in the Snow" opens Cities after all, with the briefly spastic post-hardcore attack of "Defense Mechanism" coming immediately after. DST do these little bursts of intensity well, but there's no real hook ever to be found -- no one's asking for pop songwriting elements, but some quality to instill memorability would do them worlds of good. These bursts are enjoyable, be certain, and when the band roll along some sectional changes, from propelled drum rolls to jagged guitar workouts ("Flags and Capital Cities") it's entertaining. But urges to throw on the record to listen in again seem unlikely.

I really don't want to discredit Daniel Striped Tiger. They're a good band, but one that seems to consistently write only decent and relatively directionless songs. Their records are quick, arty practices in noisy jams, but even as veterans one can't help but feel they're a bit outclassed by their more powerful and younger New England peers.

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Anonymous (July 14, 2007)

A fantastic, and at times dark and moody, record. Surprising instrumental sections, and a more mature sound than on Condition. Superb stuff.

damnitsderek (July 9, 2007)

Only seven songs?

I'm a bit hesitant to call that a full-length album.

Anonymous (July 5, 2007)

DST are younger than Relics, but Relics are a newer band. maybe thats what the reviewer was getting at.

the dudes in DST are super amounts of nice, and i usually enjoy seeing them live, but i agree with the opinion of their tunes. nothing really makes me want to revisit it ever. i think their best material was on the They & The Children split 7".

jay from this band was unjustly arrested at the release show for this album. the cops were idiots. here's a link; http://www.townonline.com/danvers/news/x1850232237

danperrone (July 3, 2007)

100% agree with the rating

Anonymous (July 3, 2007)

great band , even better album.

Pirates (July 3, 2007)

Younger? DST are all like 19 or 20... and Relics are in their mid to upper 20's

Both great bands none the less

I have to disagree with the review though. I think this album was their most ambitious and most successful to date. If you're still looking for choruses and lyrical hooks on their 5th release... you aren't going to get it.

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