The folk-funk sound that has been adopted by indie bands of the last decade is being refined by Citizen Badger. The sound is nothing new. It’s been a mainstay of indie rock for the last few years.
Citizen Badger brings a fresh take to the sound, telling new stories with new faces and new sounds. The percussive sound of all of the instruments, and even the lyrics, creates a unique take on the established sound. Citizen Badger LP is a great listen for fans of acoustic guitars and harmonies.
“Walk With Me” opens with a bouncy bass line followed by a stumbling drum intro and a percussively delivered verse. The guitar opens up more in the second section of the song, creating a more bright image in the profile of the song. It’s a feel-good track, even the breakdown in the bridge features rolling toms from the drums, giving energy and new texture to the song.
It is followed by the more serious sounding “Heart Throbs for Art Snobs.” The guitar is strummed with determination, the drums follow with an equal passion. The bass line bounces over the background vocals of the chorus. It eventually falls into a breakdown, coming out of it with fervent energy.
Citizen Badger is a fresh update on the mid-‘90s adult contemporary sound. Taking influence from bands like Cake or Hoobastank, they continue the tradition of remaining heartfelt while also staying interesting. A good album to have on to start a day that might be turbulent at best, it radiates good vibes and creates a calming effect. Skill is the name of the game when it comes to the instruments. Guitars are expertly plucked and accompanied by competent drum work and thought-provoking lyrics.
There is nothing lost by listening to Citizen Badger LP. Fans that typically do not listen to less hard-rock influenced alternative can still find common ground in the fast paced strumming that powers their music forward.
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