15 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Frontman Chad Wolf hails from South Carolina and his bandmates are Swedish, but fans of sensitive-guy Britpop bands like Coldplay and the Verve will take an immediate liking to Carolina Liar's major label debut Coming to Terms. It's got synth-heavy riffs, crystalline production, an androgynous singer with heartthrob good looks, and love songs meant for romance. Indeed, just about anyone who likes well-crafted pop songs with lyrics that are equally witty and sentimental can get into this filler-free album, as every song is strong enough to either start or close a set with. Although the opening hit "I'm Not Over" is slathered in layers of studio wizardry, underneath it all stands a strong song with catchy melodies and lyrics that hinge on a universal empathy of being hung-up on someone. The wiry, new-wave influenced "Last Night" begs for fashionably hip young kids in angular haircuts to strut their stuff at a club that hosts DJs partial to Interpol and the Killers. "Show Me What I'm Looking For" is a heart-conquering ballad that's much too strong to be drowned under the aural condiments of its heavy production.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Frontman Chad Wolf hails from South Carolina and his bandmates are Swedish, but fans of sensitive-guy Britpop bands like Coldplay and the Verve will take an immediate liking to Carolina Liar's major label debut Coming to Terms. It's got synth-heavy riffs, crystalline production, an androgynous singer with heartthrob good looks, and love songs meant for romance. Indeed, just about anyone who likes well-crafted pop songs with lyrics that are equally witty and sentimental can get into this filler-free album, as every song is strong enough to either start or close a set with. Although the opening hit "I'm Not Over" is slathered in layers of studio wizardry, underneath it all stands a strong song with catchy melodies and lyrics that hinge on a universal empathy of being hung-up on someone. The wiry, new-wave influenced "Last Night" begs for fashionably hip young kids in angular haircuts to strut their stuff at a club that hosts DJs partial to Interpol and the Killers. "Show Me What I'm Looking For" is a heart-conquering ballad that's much too strong to be drowned under the aural condiments of its heavy production.

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