Michael J. Karlin and the Parade of Horribles
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Music that will go in through your ears and flow throughout your whole body.
RIght off the bat I love the sound. I'm usually picky on girls as singers but the girl Mike has as his back up singer is pretty good. Loved "Tonight We Give 'Em Hell." "When I Think of What You'd Say" is a little too country for my taste but I have a feeling it'll grow on me.
Michael's voice is interesting, makes me envision someone completely different when I hear him. That has nothing to do with the actual music but I had to mention it haha.
I really dug the nod to '50s music in "Forget the Hoopleheads"
Really enjoyed the different instrument sounds throughout. Gives it a little something special tying in with the different sounds and moods to the songs.
The finished version of "Don't Waste The Light of Tomorrow" is awesome but I kind of like the rougher cut that I was able to listen to before the album came out. It was more raw and I liked that sound to it. It would have been pretty cool to be there when it was recorded.
I seriously love the accordion and the spots where the horns come in on "Can't Drink Like I Use To." I feel like theres a mandolin in there too and I really like when those hidden sounds come through, that or I'm imagining it in there.
Over all I really enjoy how the lyrics aren't fluff. Their themes are semi serious but not overly so. They're thought provoking. It's refreshing to have them be deep with out them being conventionally so. Theres also a good mix of slower songs with the faster paced ones. The album doesn't get into any lulls that make me want to skip a song.
"Ain't Got No Time" has a strikingly different sound than the rest of the album. It almost doesn't fit but it still does. Its just rougher in its sound, more bold too. It could almost be from a different group but I enjoy how distinct a sound it has.
The album has a good close. Makes me envision the band on a stage with the lights dimming and everyone just swaying letting the music flow through them.