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Album Review

The Comfies don't quite have the frantic energy of the Killers but seem to have a smart, highbrow pop sense about them along the lines of Velvet Crush and Matthew Sweet. This is particularly true judging by the short but sweet opener "Close to Me" that has a warm, California summer feeling to it. Lead singer and chief songwriter Benjamin Adam Harper slows things down somewhat for the winding, jangle-tinged "That's What She Gets" that brings to mind the likes of the Byrds and early Tom Petty. And the group allow the song to be fleshed out thanks to the work of guitarist Rafael Cevallos. Unfortunately, a song such as "Medicine" sounds like a bad cover version of a Franz Ferdinand track, seemingly rather aimless and with little going for it. Just as odd and tedious is the soul duet called "In My Room" that might grow on some listeners. It has a swift change of pace in the middle before reverting back to a rather stale, '70s-era pop/rock format. The Comfies rarely rock the boat, although a couple of highlights include the sugar-coated and cavity-inducing "Your Sunshine" with vocalist Andrea Barrett providing some nice color. Another highlight is the sincere and well-crafted "Understanding 23" that has a lot in common with Ben Folds even with some dramatic flourishes at its conclusion.

Customer Reviews

A Great New Band

This new band from Nashville is everything you'd want from a new artist: catchy, heartfelt, a cross between artists you love (The Posies, New Pornographers, with a little Brian Wilson thrown in for good measure) and something new. The EP itself creates a great arc, with the peppy opening "Close to Me," leading to a slightly darker middle showcased by "Medicine," and winding down perfectly with the dreamy "Mrs. Anderson." Looking forward to hearing much more from The Comfies in the future!


ive always loved this band and i was definately not let down when this EP came out! the comfies bring a new style and very comforting(haha)music to listen to. its something everyone will love! BUY IT! :D

it's about time

time for music this quality and catchy to finally appear on the scene. i've been listening to this ben harper play music for a loooong time, and i'm so glad to hear it here now. this band has done good, and this album rocks! well done, boys. well done!