Addison Station - Suit Up
Connecticut-based Addison Station hits us with their latest EP Suit Up, which is supposedly serving as a prequel to a full-length effort coming out early next year. The band is made up of Trent Gerbers, Jeff Kenniston, R.C. Roberts, Peter Bard, and Kenny Razz.
I always go into reviewing a pop record with much trepidation. Pop music has such a wide range of aesthetics, you really don't know what you're going to get. Out of the five songs on here, "Rock Like A Party Star" and "That Girl" are the closest to being what I would call bubbly. But to be fair, they are enormously catchy, a skill that seems to be the band's secret strength.
"Feel It" plays with mixing rock and club themes, with just a hint of hiphop with its rap verses. "Robyn" is the ballad of the EP. Not my favorite song, but it does show the band's versatility and range, and the fact that they can handle both an amped-up pop vibe as well as a simple acoustic one.
"Burn" is my favorite track on here, by a long shot. It's bluesy, it's jazzy, and just a lot of fun. The vocals are fast and soulful, reminiscent of Justin Timberlake at certain points. Guitars play right in the pocket. A very nice tune, indeed.
In the end, I couldn't help but be charmed. Addison Station is making incredibly catchy pop music. But we're not talking Bieber or Spears here; this is grown folk pop music. I'm talking Maroon 5 and Jamiroquai. They're not quite on that level yet, but certainly on their way. The songs are packed with story-telling and emotion, and just enough playfulness to keep it youthful. I'm ready for their full-length.
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