Reviews:: The Rosebuds Night of the Furies

Do you remember that girl you had a crush on in junior high. She went away for the summer and when she showed up on the first day of school as a freshman, she had lost 15 pounds, had a new nose and other ah... assets? She still had the same great personality and made you laugh, but it was different. Somehow she seemed sexier to everyone but you. Enter the Rosebuds new album - Night of the Furies.

It has been over a year since their last release, so I was completely shocked to hear the programmed beat and bass heavy numbers featured on the bulk of the album. Although it seems like a natural evolution for some, I was completely run over. Like that old junior high flame, the elements that I love are still there but they are presented in a much sexier wrapper. The question is, "Is it for me?"

The answer is, "I'm not sure."

Ivan and Kelly are fantastic at writing songs laced with nostalgia and danceable grooves. On previous releases, the melodies were pushed along by guitar and keys and you couldn't help but hear a little of Morrisey's croon. They have evolved and realized new influences, but as soon as My Punishment for Fighting starts plaing, I get that sense of comfort I crave from the band.

On tracks like Cemetary Lines, I can see them filming a video full of quick cuts between keyboards, large industrial machinery and shots of them running around a city (or some other 80's theme that was used in so many videos). Don't get me wrong, the song doesn't seem dated at all. The Rosebuds aren't duplicating a sound, they are continually refining their own. The mood continues on the fuzzed out I Better Run. The beat pulses and the oooh's Ivan adds on the chorus are fantastic. The songs are catchy and fun, which is not something ususally attached to a concept album based around an ancient myth.

Then we hit the lead single - Get Up and Get Out - a straight-ahead disco track that will be huge (receiving favorable reviews from the who's who of the blog world), but I get lost on it. As Silence by the Lakeslide slinks by, resting on a bouncy bass riff and minimal guitar, I found myself drifting and when the 70's club beat of Hold On To This Coat started, I was conflicted.

Personally, I think the band is much more enjoyable on numbers like the acoustic and sleigh bell driven Silja Line. The song fits the style I want to hear the band play, and by the time the beat kicks in at the 2:17 mark I was already engrossed in the interesting narrative. Instead of using the guitar as a simple accessory, the band lets the riff walk down the runway.

The record - while enjoyable and addictive at times - seems to be a bit split down the middle. For every song I love, there are moments that confuse me. Maybe it's just a case of me wanting the things I can't have or lusting for the past. Or maybe the band is just taking a direction I'm not completely into. This record is going to be talked about a lot. For everyone that loves the new disco side there are people who fall for the the subtle mixes of the more instrumental driven number. Either way, the Rosebuds have given us something to pine about as they walk by us in the hall.

MP3:: Silja Line
MP3:: Get Up and Get Out


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