The Morning After Girls – Alone (January 11, 2011)
I didn’t read the news and reviews websites to check whether they’ve already got their hands on this album, but anyway I have this feeling that some people were waiting imptiently for it to be released. Of course, many have managed to listen to “Alone” LP long before that (not me, no) because it was released even back in 2009, although, only as a digital copy then. Turns out, Alone was reborn again on January 11 when it came out as a CD, and it’s another reason to remember them and talk about them for us, and another reason for fans to drink a toast. I myself am just getting to know the band history, but what I’m listening to right now is – ah, what a music! What I write about them – from the musical point of view – isn’t a lie. Psychedelic rock, shoegaze, etc, etc… The album is so full of it all that you can’t find a single empty spot on it. In comparison to the previous album, there’s something about it: the psychedelic and folk-rock influence of Brian Jonestown Massacre isn’t so obvious now (those two bands used to spend a lot of time touring together back when the previous album was released). The sound is a little bit more of a shoegaze, that’s why they won my heart in the first place. If you start listening to The Morning After Girls from the title song of album “Alone”, you most probably will like the mood of guitar, wonderful vocals and some melody – because, after all, it’s a song about loneliness.
The Morning After Girls – Alone
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Oh, right, what was I saying about the music.. Sasha’s and Martin’s vocals (they have backing vocals, too) perfectly fit each other and the music, that distract and severe you from the environment. A beautiful opening of the album is done with melancholic guitar and vocals in A New Silence and The Best Explanation, but everything gets really wonderful when The General Public starts with all its drive, that sometimes dirty and sometimes whining guitar that makes you want to be full of fate of some sort.
Death Processions is some other energy, this time charged with psychedelics, while You Need To Die is more of a clear and lucid song you can even use to fall into melancholy when needed. Still Falling takes the responsibility of starting with acoustics, To Be Your Loss - of rhythms and wrapping you all inside it. Every single one of tracks is specifically wonderful and bring in the diversity to album which helps not to get tired of it soon. Songs are chosen to pick up when the previous track ends, and that’s exactly why you should listen to the whole album at least once.