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Madina Lake: Attics to EdenAttics to Eden (2009)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: tj93tj93
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Madina Lake may have grown up, sonically, but that's not to suggest that they've regressed into a serious, staid sound that will attract old folks to the lair. The Chicago-based band doles out fun, booty-shaker music and manages to remain as energetic as an ADD-afflicted adolescent binging on caffei.
Madina Lake may have grown up, sonically, but that's not to suggest that they've regressed into a serious, staid sound that will attract old folks to the lair. The Chicago-based band doles out fun, booty-shaker music and manages to remain as energetic as an ADD-afflicted adolescent binging on caffeinated, sugary soft drinks with songs like "Welcome to Oblivion" and "Let's Get Outta Here." But things aren't quite so frivolous, footloose and fancy free any longer. Attics to Eden abandons some of the pogo-style pop-punk that the band offered up on their 2007 debut and switches it out for layered, nuanced song structures and an obvious appreciation for Britpop icons Muse, in a sound that is by nature a little more somber and thoughtful. Attics to Eden maintains an artier sound, and while the band may fall victim to the haters accusing them of trend-hopping or eventually have to deal with their younger fans scratching their heads and wondering what the hell happened to the band that they loved two years ago, the album does nothing if not grab your attention with its neo-nü-wave vibe and almost modern disco/dance moments. There's a lot going on with Attics to Eden and it may cause the band to develop an entirely new listening base to go along with their current fans.
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