Iâ€™m not sure if Girl in a Coma has changed the title of the Smiths classic for their own profit, but â€œBoth Before Iâ€™m Goneâ€ shows a band that is trying their hardest to create their own sound. Obviously, they have some pretty powerful supporters â€“ no less than Joan Jett (owner of Blackheart Records) is a supporter. The disc starts out with â€œClumsy Skyâ€, and this sedate sound finally gives way to something louder and noisier at about the minute mark. What results is a punk like tempo but a set of vocals that could still conceivably work in the pop scene. â€œClumsy Skyâ€ has hints of The Breeders and Me First present in its sound, and the high energy present during the track brings individuals in for later tracks.
The instrumentation during â€œSayâ€ is a high point; the guitar and bass thread through each other even as the vocals continually press on. The track is strong, but does not yield the bandâ€™s first single. That honor would have to go to â€œRoad To Homeâ€, which is also captured in video format on the â€œBoth Before Iâ€™m Goneâ€ CD. â€œRoad To Homeâ€ does not have the energy or intensity of a â€œClumsy Skyâ€, but the instrumental progression that is present during the track will remind individuals of the rock stylings of a Pretenders at points. â€œSybil Vane Was Illâ€ is a track that ties Girl In A Coma into the angular type of rock that was popularized in the current era by bands like Franz Ferdinand.
While the track will not catapult Girl In A Coma up the rock charts, the smart arrangements that are present during the track will sell copies of â€œBoth Before Iâ€™m Goneâ€ like hotcakes. The sheer number of tracks on â€œBoth Before Iâ€™m Goneâ€ is perhaps the bandâ€™s biggest downfall; the songs here are all decent, but the exclusion of a few of the songs on this disc would make the resulting album that much more tight. Girl In A Coma is an act that can put forth some catchy indie rock but struggles to find the track or set of tracks that will bring them fame and glory. A track like â€œIâ€™ll Ask Himâ€ should operate as a blueprint for the band; if they are able to go down that path, chances will be good that their next album will be more widely received.
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