The Eames Era – Double Dutch (CD)

“Go To Sleep” is not surprisingly a track that is sedate, a perfect bit of dream-pop that has influences including The Cranberries. “Got Your Note” is another of the same style of tracks but really succeeds in involving a slightly different sound as before with a stop-start sound and activist drums. Each of the tracks on “Double Dutch” is tenderly constructed with instrumentation that only bolster Ashlin’s already smooth vocals. “Listen For The Sun” is a track that is destined for heavy radio play, as Ashlin’s vocals bouncy back and forth over an inoffensive guitar composition that draws some influence from the mid to late nineties.

“Double Dutch” is a collection of tracks that are easily as catchy as anything that Weezer could put out, but even with the disc’s professional sound there seems to be a human component that is perhaps lacking in most rock of this nature. Perhaps most interesting in terms of an aficionado’s view on this disc would have to be how the production was created to make the drums “pop” throughout. It is not as if there is being a skin hit but one can hear some echoing that makes the track’s sound that much more full. With the short track length of the songs on “Double Dutch”, individuals can feel confident that they will not grow weary of the music here, as it continually changes in enough of a way to keep the disc fresh.

To the average listener “Double Dutch” will pass by much too quickly; the style of music that The Eames Era commit to disc is of the general style that one can put it on and work without being distracted in the least. Even if there is enough of a differentiation between the tracks, the music has more of a disc than a single context. Still, there are some shining exceptions to this rule, of which the most visible has to be “Old Folks”. It is almost as if the disc gets stronger with each subsequent track as “Year of the Waitress” has a guitar style that approximates Interpol even as the slightly-snotty vocals of Ashlin look toward Matthew Sweet for inspiration. Fun pop that is relatively innocuous in its sound, The Eames Era come forth strongly with this album. Even if this is not at the bleeding edge of innovation, the sincerity and clear sound of the band should provide listeners with enough reasons to pick up this album.

Top Tracks: Old Folks, Boy Came In

Rating: 6.2/10

The Eames Era – Double Dutch / 2005 C Student / 11 Tracks / / / Reviewed 09 December 2005


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