Epic, dramatic, romantic and introspective are all words that come to mind when listening to the self-produced debut Picturesque from Green Bay, Wisconsin's Sweetalk.
Sweetalk plays a blend of melodic, anthemic power rock that brings to mind alt-rock/grunge classics like Alice In Chains and Nirvana along with more progressive modern practitioners like Muse and Thrice. While the first wave of grunge bands were innovative and exciting in their blending of metal power and precision with punk rock energy and immediacy, the style quickly devolved into a formula to shoehorn pop bands into. The result, while attempting to convey adventure and romance, sounded brittle and forced - the auditory equivalent of a faux-aged Western sign.
It's contradictory and utterly self-defeating. How can you get into the mood, succumbing to the racing shadows of the nighttime, when your ears are being assaulted by plastic sounds, compressed to death in an effort to win the loudness wars?
Sweetalk, however, are not following a formula. This is real music, made by passionate and committed individuals. In comes across in their sonics, which are rich, full, warm, and enveloping - all the better to deliver Sweetalk's raging, synchronized guitar attacks.Occasional post-hardcore breakdowns keep things interesting, never getting static or boring.
The album opens with "Moment Of Clarity" which displays the versatility and dynamic range of the vocalist. He sings "Clarity / Tragedy / And wouldn’t you love / Wouldn’t you loveSo how can you / Just watch / It all unfold / Everything."
The band really gets going with the hard hitting "Weather The Storm" and "The Right Kind Of Empathy."
Sick tone, outstanding technique; Sweetalk is a band to watch (and listen to), for sure. Highly recommended for fans of epic, passionate, artistic rock n’ roll!
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