After The End (LP)


Merchandise

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Amoeba Review

07/04/2014

If you like post-punk music at all, your favorite new band will probably be Merchandise. With a bit of Pulp’s swagger, the Cure’s emotional yet economical guitarwork and the dramatic grandiosity of Morrissey’s solo work, Merchandise nail every nuance on their new album, After the End. Big, shimmering chords on “Enemy” announce their arrival with the kind of bravado that leaves you a little breathless, incredulous that this isn’t a song or band you’ve heard before. Singer Carson Cox’s throaty tenor fills the space that isn’t carved out by his bandmates nicely, on ballads like the stunning “Life Outside the Mirror.” It’s a solid listen, but After the End particularly shines on its singles, like “Little Killer,” the riff of which is catchy enough to leave you tracking back again and again to get that feeling all over again. While After the End is an immensely enjoyable album, the elephant in the room is that, however immaculately made, it’s not the most original thing you’ve ever heard—“Green Lady” is great, with its stuttering beat, big guitar riffs and sure, why not, some sitar, but it could easily be a Morrissey outtake. No matter. Originality will come in time. For now, Merchandise reach a very specific itch, that youthful feeling of discovering a new favorite band who just flat out gets it. No trickery, nothing too out of the ordinary, just some of the best pop music you’ve heard in ages.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Corridor
Merchandise 02:46
2.
Enemy
Merchandise 04:29
3.
True Monument
Merchandise 04:59
4.
Green Lady
Merchandise 04:28
5.
Life Outside the Mirror
Merchandise 04:55
6.
Telephone
Merchandise 04:05
7.
Little Killer
Merchandise 03:05
8.
Looking Glass Waltz
Merchandise 04:01
9.
After the End
Merchandise 06:55
10.
Exile and Ego
Merchandise 04:34

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