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 Keith Cornella and Broken City "Arms are Falling" (Independent 2008)

Inventive sounds from Boston

 Keith Cornella and Broken City are a Boston based collective that play guitar rock and a fair bit more. This album is a both a backward glance at rock of the last 40 years and a crafty look at the future in terms where we stand 9 years into the new millenium.

 The opening title track has hints of space rock and the drone of Can but then we move into ‘Energy’ which does exactly what it says on the packet, starting with some David Byrnesque vocals that are promptly savaged by some supreme guitarwork straight out of the Nels Cline locker. ‘Engage’ follows up with a straight ahead ‘rock’ song that has hints of mid King Crimson with the repeated pealing guitar motif.

 There is an ambition at work hear, a desire to create. ‘Free Ride’ is an arms raised stadium rocker born in the vaults of Kansas and filtered through the The Flaming Lips – it doesn’t quite work but the vision inspires.

 There are hints of everyone here from Beck ‘Loaded Lovers’ to the Floyd on ‘Foxfire’ but it does not detract from a sense of a whole.

 Repeated plays bring more of an idea of band identity and a kind of understanding of where they’re from and where they’re going to but still no definitive idea of what they are about!. Climb on board, it could be an interesting trip.

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Release Date: 
November 8, 2008

 

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