The quiet, at times deadpan sound of The Flying Change during â€œBroken Bowâ€ reminds me of the music from Natural Born Killers; the hints of hope that play at the periphery is pretty much the only thing that distinguishes it as being different in terms of general sound. The amount of bass in the track marks the only thing negative about this introductory track; it engulfs some of the bandâ€™s most important elements. â€œThe Mayo Clinicâ€ continues the half-talked, half-sung vocals while coming forth with a slightly more country approach to things.
The styles of music that The Flying Change broach during â€œPain Is A Reliable Signalâ€ is not enough to have the band change things at the drop of a dime, but provide listeners with the band sliced ten different ways. For example, there is almost a Caribbean type of influence that is present during the introduction of â€œDirty White Coatsâ€. While there is a tremendous amount of cohesion to be had during â€œPain Is A Reliable Signalâ€, it seems as if The Flying Change struggle with keeping things completely interesting. There is a tendency that can be heard here for the band to fall in a rut; while there may be minor changes in the bandâ€™s sound, there does not seem to be present the memorable content that will keep the bandâ€™s name on interested listenersâ€™ tongues.
â€œSt. Marysâ€ is one of the tracks that showcases a direction that The Flying Change could take on subsequent albums. There is more of a grittier, more echo-heavy approach to this track, drawing on a tradition that follows from early Flaming Lips and Radiohead and leading through the current day, that represents a break with the dominant trends present on â€œPain Is A Reliable Signalâ€. This title is solid taken single by single, but if listeners listen to all 10 cuts, I have a feeling that some of the magic that they see in The Flying Change will dissipate.
Top Tracks: Dirty White Coats, Donâ€™t Look Away
The Flying Change â€“ Pain Is A Reliable Signal / 2009 Scarlet Shame Records / 10 Tracks / http://www.theflyingchange.com