ISLAND CITY - ME AND WHAT ARMY?
Island City lull you into a false sense of security with opening
acoustic number Feels Like Home to Me,
a downbeat number that suggests an AOR sound, albeit an above
average one. But without pausing for breath, the band quickly
slam into No Tomorrow, a pleasingly
aggressive slice of commercial punk with – whisper it quietly
– an Emotional edge.
Things get faster with the title track, an infectiously angst-ridden
rocker that is effortlessly good, but the record stumbles a bit
with The Borderline, a track that fails
to find any real direction. Luckily, it soon gets back on track
with You Are The Light, a melodious
and appealing track that is practically begging to appear on some
teen TV show soundtrack.
Closer Nobody’s Gonna Miss Us
is probably the high spot of the album, an effortlessly poppy
anthem, boosted by vocalist Greg McLoughlin being backed by artfully
placed (and unidentified) female vocals. It’s a pretty damned
excellent number and suggests that there are great things to come
from this band.huge.