Beat Hotel is an album where influences from 80s and 90s indie rock come together as if I'm listening to the original thing releasing a new album after decades of absence. Take one of the singles Beat Hotel released preceding the album. 'Bury It Deep' sounds like as if The Smiths and Fatal Flowers blended into one band. It saves The Smiths from Morrissey's whining (it just gets to me after a few songs) and gives an extra oomph to Fatal Flowers. A band that can do that, knows how to write an interesting song and execute it convincingly. 'Bury It Deep' has that quality.
I am not going to analyse each individual song this way. You can find your own favourite bands of the past in Beat Hotel's music, no doubt. What I want to convey, is that although Beat Hotel without a doubt leans on the past, a lot, the band comes up with its own good songs, so I can live with this love of things past. (As far as music is ever past, as I can turn on anything I like, any time.)
|Promo photo: DC Cane|
Beat Hotel is nothing new but certainly worthwhile getting acquainted with. I have and enjoyed every moment I've spent with the album.
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