Andy P (drums/percussion/vocals), Dan Pancrazio (bass/guitar/vocals), Dom Lorusso (guitar/vibraphone/vocals) and Tim Chamberlain (guitar/piano/bass/vocals) are The World At Large. I reviewed their release Grand Plans For Strange Things which was way back in the beginning of 2014. Oh how things have changed in the world. I digress. I liked the band a lot back then and am just as fully on board at this point with their recent release Everything and Nothing in Between.
They sound more cohesive, comfortable with each other and more experienced. When bands stay together for a long time a couple things are bound to happen. Yes, there is a potential for a band not to have that spark but almost always the band will be tighter and know how to play off each other. It’s like being in a relationship for a long time. You even fight better than you used to.
Everything and Nothing in Between isn’t really trying to stretch the limitations of rock and sometimes a really well produced and written album is what the doctor called for. That being said this album is quite seamless and bursting with sonic possibilities backed by palatable hooks and great performances.
The band starts with “Natural Born Chillers” which is an indie rock gem. This song reminds me of when indie rock was in its prime, which for me I declare is between 1995 - 2010. You can hear elements of bands like Fountains of Wayne, The Shins and even some ’50s pop and surf rock. As the album progresses there is a litany of fully engaging songs. “Renegade” quickly runs with the energy of the opener which then goes into the sweet indie rock song “Not a Care in the World” that again merges with a bit of ’50s pop.
I have to hand it to the bassist. “Forever” and “Rosie” had my attention. The slight seductive “American Spirit” has similarities to the band Real Estate while “Nowhere Fast” contains the vibrancy of a band like Vampire Weekend. The album continues with “Story,” “Flake” and “Make Believe” and each one delivers. They close with “Once Was Told” which is a slow burn and a fitting ending.
The band delivered an exceptional album with their sophomore effort. Highly recommended.
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