Hailing from Wollongong, also known as “The Gong” a seaside city in Australia, The Numbered is a four-piece rock band that incorporates elements from country, surf rock and classic blues, rock n' roll, and an energetic, unique sound emerges. Their album Lost is a collection of six original tunes, plus one cover song.
A grunge-y blues guitar riff starts the record out on strong footing in “Another Time.” The band quickly settles into a driving groove, and a repeated section of slowly ascending notes provides variation several times in the song before returning to the groove. In the next track entitled “Summer,” aggressive background vocals scream out the title of the song as the lead vocalist adds a more melodic tone to the soundscape, resulting in an unexpected and enjoyable contrast.
The energy of the album is taken down a notch in the intro of “The Brains are Falling” before the track plunges into a somber country-esque power ballad. The beach rock facet of the band’s songwriting style is highlighted in “Always on the Telly” with chorus-like vocals, powerful guitars and a catchy beat on the drums.
Arguably the best song on the entire album, “Never in a Lifetime” explores a lighter, brighter side of pop rock with steady strumming on electric guitar, droning organ chords, and raspy, yet mellow singing. An extended instrumental outro brings the finishing touch to an already engaging and impressive display of talent.
After bringing their own characteristic style to “Low” by Cracker, The Numbered finishes out the album with “Lost” a tune that quickly crescendos to a stratospheric energy level and stays there until the very last hard-hitting note. As a whole, Lost exhibits the accomplishments that The Numbered has already achieved as a group, as well as the potential the band has to continue to produce quality, inspired and appealing music.
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