January 20, 2004
STATISTICS [I]LEAVE YOUR NAME[/I] REVIEW
Statistics is a creation of Desaparecidos guitarist Denver Dalley. He combines eletronic pop (which is produced through synthesizers) with guitar hooks. The songs that stick out the most also have some drum and bass, as well as piano. Dalley has a nice voice. He sings in a loud and high pitch or a low, mellow pitch. The electronica part of the band is the thing that grabs your attention first. It is interesting to listen to because it is a different style. The combination of these synth sounds with regular rock music provides for a decent outcome.
"Sing A Song" is the opening track. It quickly introduces a techno vibe. A guitar soon joins, along with Dalley's singing. The song gets a little heavier throughout the chorus. There is some drumming added in and the guitar riff picks up. The lyrics are pretty clever in this song as well, as they talk about critics of music. Altogether, the song has a nice foundation and gives the listener a pretty good idea of what is to be found on the rest of the album. Another song, "The Grass Is Always Greener", leans more towards the full-band vibe. The opening guitar riff grabbed my attention right at the beginning. The vocals are performed very well throughout this song. Dalley sings "and the grass is always greener" in his uniquely soft-voice. Track 10, "Reminisce", is another song that features a full band sound. This song has the same type of feel as the one talked about before. The best part about this song is the intro and chorus. They have a nice combination of guitar and drums that are distorted.
'Leave Your Name' has a lot of good things going for it. The addition of electronic sounds definetly raised the level of interest for me. Some of the songs on the album tend to get a little boring and/or repetitive. I think a little more synthesizer would have added much more to the songs. However, the way Dalley sings and the way he throws his guitar talents into the mix provides for an overall decent album.
"The Grass Is Always Greener"
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