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A Big Goodbye


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"Sounds & Silences" is a decent debut for talented band A Big Goodbye.

A Big Goodbye is an American band that just released they're debut album "Sounds & Silences". From these seven songs I sense this band not only has talent, but can go very far in their musical career.

The musicianship is good, all of them are good musicians and are able to prove it many times. The production, for being a debut album of an independent release, is quite impressive, very clear and precise, especially in the heavier parts. These parts have always good riffs, and the attitude is always present. There are also tons of acoustic, softer parts, that for some might be a little disappointing to hear, but I think they're fair enough, adding also some nice sax parts. This band doesn't seem to be completely original though, not only in the sense of hearing influences all over the place, especially Porcupine Tree, but also they don't propose anything new to me stylistically speaking. Basically, they are alternating acoustic parts with electrics parts, and that's it.

However, this doesn't make the songs bad, not at all: "Thinking Out Loud" has great hooks, and great vocals, especially in the chorus. But other songs come close to annoy me, like "February Girl" or "The Great Divide", maybe just because of the melodies. "The Door" and "Solitude" are pretty enjoyable though, nice hooks overall. The second part of the album is definitely the best, the last two songs for me are quite the highlights: "In My Dreams" is a catchy tune, very enjoyable to listen, and the fourteen minutes of "Memories" are structured surprisingly well, and contains many good, memorable moments, that remind of good old prog rock.

"Sounds & Silences" is a pretty good, enjoyable debut for A Big Goodbye, I'm sure this band, seeing their talent, will be able to surpass this easily in the future.

EatThatPhonebook | 3/5 |


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