The High Strung
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||Never Saw It As Union||The High Strung||2:09||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Truce||The High Strung||3:25||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Here It Comes Again||The High Strung||1:57||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||A Real Meal Ticket||The High Strung||2:47||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||N Over C||The High Strung||3:13||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||The Luck You Got||The High Strung||2:48||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Seems It's One Thing||The High Strung||2:56||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Deck the Boy||The High Strung||3:04||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||On Your Feet||The High Strung||4:32||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Anything Goes||The High Strung||2:51||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||At the Same Time||The High Strung||4:18||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||The Gentleman||The High Strung||3:55||£0.79||View in iTunes|
Though Moxie Bravo is the High Strung's first album as a trio, they opt for refinement instead of reinvention on this set of songs. Reunited with These Are Good Times producer Jim Diamond, the band plays up its power poppy hooks and close harmonies instead of the garagey leanings of their debut, particularly on the smartly bittersweet, breakup/make-up one-two punch of "I Never Saw It as Union" and "Truce." As always, the High Strung personalize their classicist influences with their own brand of witty lyrics, like this bon mot from "Here It Comes Again": "Once in a dream I was so old/I couldn't tell the wrinkles from the folds." They shine as pop satirists on "A Real Meal Ticket," one of many wound-up moments that, along with "Anything Goes" and "The Luck You Got," reaffirms why they're called the High Strung. Indeed, the band is so good at writing jam-packed pop miniatures that their longer songs tend to sound flat by comparison; the pretty, punchy ballad "N Over C" and "On Your Feet"'s instantly familiar melody are bloated by noodling that pushes them past the three-minute mark. Even the more successful expansive songs, such "Deck the Boy" and "The Gentleman," would have more impact without their psych-rock flourishes. At their best when they're swift and witty, the High Strung could write brilliant one-minute (or even 30-second) pop songs. Regardless, Moxie Bravo is never less than smart and energetic, with a string of good songs and a sprinkling of great ones. [The album was reissued by Park the Van in 2007 with three tracks added.]
These guys rock!
Cracking foot tapping rock with great harmonies and banging melodies. Even the shameless theme is wicked. The best £8 you will spend for a while.
Formed: August, 2000 in Detroit, MI
Genre: Indie Rock
Years Active: '00s