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Album Review

With the vocals of a hopeless romantic, Macavity kick off this album with some emotional rock riffs and a very swaying melody. Talking about neurons in "Another Try at Something New," the song resembles Incubus being covered by the Gin Blossoms. And, fortunately, it works almost perfectly. The band indulges in a spacy kind of dream pop on "Floating," especially in the tender guitar riffs and slight blips and bleeps. The tune also has a very Cure-ish quality to it in its arrangements and tone before picking up its guitar-heavy intensity. Marching band-style drumming introduces "It's Okay to Say Goodbye" before evolving into another emo-rock song. While such numbers about broken hearts could be considered lame, lyrically they aren't overly clichéd. "Trapped By Design" comes across as less than satisfactory, despite the staggered dual vocals. But the song's false finish and rising crescendo compensate for any deficit. "Rockets in the Stack" is the group's take on power punk, but pales compared to previous numbers. Musically, Macavity creates intricate arrangements with a certain melancholia etched in each. By far, the highlight is the closing epic "Goodnight, Sweet Dreams," a song that seems to gather strength the longer it goes. "You make me feel alive," sings Beau Wagner during the track. The same could be said for this impressive mini-collection.

Customer Reviews

Not bad at all.

I like Macavity, though when I listen to them I don't hear a "Incubus" type sound, as said in the review. I love the melody and the arrangement of their music. I think I would love it even more if the all the songs, what few they have on the CD, where just instrumentals to be honest. Sometimes music just sounds better without vocals.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

This Dallas band started in high school and performed in many venues around the city. Although none of its members are leading songwriters, critics are amazed at the cohesiveness of Macavity's live shows and recordings. After opening for groups such as Chomsky and Valve, the group appeared on a local compilation album. Macavity was signed to Idol Records in 2001 and released its debut effort, Falling Hard in the Key of E, in 2002. The band has performed at South By Southwest Festivals and other...
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Falling Hard In the Key of E, Macavity
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  • $5.94
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Jan 15, 2002

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