The Silent Years – Let Go (CD)

The only really disappointing thing about Let Go, The Silent Year’s latest EP is the length. At six songs, the band’s latest is an appropriate follow up to last year’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 (“Taking Drugs at the Amusement Park”), with an impossible to shake chorus. Though there really are no bad songs in the lot, the mid-tempo “Forest Fire,” backed with horns, is one of the band’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: “Forest Fire” and “Taking Drugs at the Amusement Park”

Rating: 8.8 out of 10

The Silent Years – Let Go/CD/2009/6 tracks/Side Cho/ www.myspace.com/thesilentyears

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