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Vocals 8
Musicianship 7.75
Lyrics 7
Production 8.5
Creativity 7
Lasting Value 7.5
Reviewer Tilt 8.25
Final Verdict: 77%
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End of the World - French Exit

Reviewed by: Susan Frances (10/25/08)
End of the World - French Exit
Record Label: Flameshovel Records
Release Date: November 4, 2008

End of the World have a catchy folk-rock swishing relatable to Train and The Fray and barroom sing-along’s liken to The Kooks. End of the World’s latest release, French Exit, begins with a simple ball of folk-rock threads that by the ending of the album has constructed a living room furnished with rocking chair rhythms, shelves of blaring guitar cuts, floorboards of moaning pedal steel, and shapely vocals by lead singer Stefan Marolachakis whose register is akin to Jon Bon Jovi with a pinch of the brute heaves reminiscent of Kasabian’s frontman Tom Meighan. Marolachakis also does double duty as the band’s drummer and lines his links to bassist Sam Axelrod neatly at every junction. Pedal steel guitarist Mike Incze and lead guitarist Benjamin Smith embellishes the drum fills with everything from breezy atmospheric embers like in “Jody” to typhoon speed vibrations along “Section House,” but no matter how fast or slow End of the World take their tempos, these songs have an intimate-living-room vibe like the band is that close to you.

The slow country-folk gusts of “Learning” have intervals of languid harmonica curls and calming pedal steel pastorals that put the listener into a hypnotic daze. The folksy motors and clanging rattles of “Someone Else’s Dollar” are frocked in soft intonations, while the folk-rock flakes of “I Don’t Wanna Lose” have impulsive flashes in the glittering guitar chords as Marolachakis’ vocals drool over the melody with a drunken murmur. The rollicking rhythms of “Railroad Living” and “Kate’s Dream” have a comfortable gait, while the racy tempo of “Section House” has chord inflections with a punk-rock agility. The gentle atmospherics of “Billy Silveman’s Poolhouse” contrast the vintage rock tones of the piano vamp and the guitar strums of “Favorite Time of the Year,” while the shiny resonance in the guitar vibrations through “Hawks” spill generously over the rapidly moving beats.

End of the World’s music has a-close-to-home ambience like it’s made to be played in your living room. Their new disc, French Exit, has catchy hooks relatable to The Kooks and a rollicking sway reflective of Train. The band has a tight playing and match up their links nicely. They are a garage band that are ready to go pro.

Recommended if you like: Train, The Fray, The Kooks

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