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Sister City - Carbon Footprint

Maryland Matt   (180 reviews)

Posted: 11/20/2011 | Comments: 0 | Rate:

I'm not going to pretend that I am fully aware of the entire history of this band, but it seems to me that Sister City is a bedroom project. By that, I mean that this record was performed and recorded either entirely or almost entirely by one person. These recordings are usually self released or have very little push from distribution or labels... but often is some of the most honest and profound music being released.

Upon some light research, it turns out that I was correct. The mastermind behind this work is singer/songwriter Adam Linder. He has successfully melded aspects of 90's alt. rock, pop, indie and punk into Sister City. I've listened to this record 3 or 4 times through and each time when trying to put my finger on what other bands it reminds me of... I came to the realization that I don't have enough fingers. With each song, different influences come to the surface and it is incredibly refreshing.

While there is nothing groundbreaking taking place on this record, there is a fresh take on literally dozens of styles all on one recording. I always find it interesting to hear different genres filtered through each other and then repackaged by another artist. It not only keeps things fresh, but is the only way that we are going to see any real innovation in rock music.

This is by no means a perfect record, however I am very enthusiastic about it in all of the things that it does right. It is honest and wears its countless influences on its sleeves... but not only is it a product of these influences, it takes them all and molds them into an entirely new beast. I'm not guaranteeing that you will enjoy this record, but if anything I said in this review makes any sense to you, do yourself a favor and give this a spin.

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