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JEFF ROSENSTOCK – ‘Post’ Album Review

JEFF ROSENSTOCK – Post

Jeff RosenstockJeff Rosenstock wrote Post in a double-wide trailer in the Catskill Mountain town of East Durham. After playing with Bomb the Music Industry! for a decade, Jeff switched gears and started putting out records under his own name. Jeff and his band made their first TV appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly and USA Today called Worry the #1 album of 2016.

Written in the days after the 2017 Presidential inauguration, Post’s lyrics get heavy but the melodies are so catchy and the builds are so big and bright that the end result is more of a rallying cry than surrender! The opening five seconds of the female voice on Mornin’! neatly juxtapose by the full on vocal opening to USA where the band build a significant amount of power to support the vocals dripping with angst. The track develops over seven and a half minutes leaving room for relatively laid back sections and some that are quite epic in scope with full groups vocals. There is a Mountain Goats/Airborne Toxic Event vibe to the bands sound as the song fades into keyboards and ethereal vocals before building to powerful climax.

Yr Throat rumbles along like a runaway train and has a slight Frank Turner sound before the chunky guitar kicks in to add a raw element to the sound and the overall package is brilliant! The creativity and variety continues with the Pixies like All This Useless Energy replete with booming bass, falsetto vocals and some keyboard effects – it’s an almost perfect pop/punk power ballad!

At the midpoint of this terrific album, Powerlessness is faced paced with a Violent Femmes feel this time as the variety continues with the massive chorus that will be a certain mosh-pit pleaser! The four-plus minutes of TV Stars delivers a mellow keyboard and vocal and develops into a sugary pop ballad with an edge as it builds and builds.

On Melba the band produce a straight up rocker and then bring things up a notch with short, sharp, shock of Beating My Head Against A Wall. The penultimate song is the aptly titled 9/10 and, this time, Jeff Rosenstock channels 1960s/1970s ballads replete with bells and great storytelling.

The last track is the eleven minute, ten seconds of Let Them Win where the band produce a booming bass accompaniment to the aforementioned rallying call. “We’re Not Gonna Let Them Win” is repeated …resist! The song builds and builds to leave you restored and ready fight as the keyboard takes over and calms everything down.

Release date: 23rd March 2018: Get Post by Jeff Rosenstock here: https://jeffrosenstock.bandcamp.com/album/post

 

 

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