The only really disappointing thing about Let Go, The Silent Yearâ€™s latest EP is the length. At six songs, the bandâ€™s latest is an appropriate follow up to last yearâ€™s decent full length The Globe, managing to eclipse those songs both musically and lyrically. The group delivers unpretentious indie pop in the vein of What Made Milwaukee Famous and Vampire Weekend (without the goofy prep school kid attitude). The album opens with the strongest track on the album (â€œTaking Drugs at the Amusement Parkâ€), with an impossible to shake chorus. Though there really are no bad songs in the lot, the mid-tempo â€œForest Fire,â€ backed with horns, is one of the bandâ€™s best songs in an already impressive career. The production and instrumentation this time around is also much more impressive than past efforts. The Detroit-based four piece are certainly doing their part to prove the motor city is much more than Kid Rock, Eminem and The White Stripes.
Top tracks: â€œForest Fireâ€ and â€œTaking Drugs at the Amusement Parkâ€
Rating: 8.8 out of 10
The Silent Years â€“ Let Go/CD/2009/6 tracks/Side Cho/ www.myspace.com/thesilentyears