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Athensville – Undressing Minds for Show

What makes a good album? A lot of people probably have a lot of thoughts on this question, but I think a crucial element is cohesion. You want talent and tenacity, but you want it to work as a whole more than anything. I can pretty confidently say that this is something Athensville has managed with their new album ‘Undressing Minds For Show’.

Each track has passion surging through it, which I think is something the Philadelphia-based band have strived for. All 11 tracks stand in their place with certainty. You know that effort has gone into crafting every single track and getting it where it needs to be.

‘November’s Call’ is the perfect opener to the album. The track builds its tone in a subtle way, but in doing this it gradually eases you into the feeling for the rest of the album.

I don’t want to let Athensville get too big for their boots, so I hope this doesn’t go to their heads, but these tunes really have an R.E.M. ring to them (and that’s coming from an R.E.M. fan). Obviously, I’m not going to come here and say its better than Michael Stipes and co., but the melodic storytelling they have achieved is reminiscent.

One of my favourite aspects is the infrequent but ferocious guitar solos. They don’t pop up in every tune, yet when they’re needed they do.

After a series of ballads and anthems, the album rounds off with ‘Dawning’. A lofty tune that really brings the journey to a dramatic and energetic end. Athensville have accomplished a complete and strong-willed album. That is credit to the band themselves, but the people behind the scenes deserve a mention too. Produced by Derek Chafin and mastered by Chris Muth, they’ve done their job well enough that you can really feel the band all playing their part.

If you’ve got an hour then why not spend it giving Athensville’s debut album ‘Undressing Minds For Show’ a try. What’s the harm in trying?