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I found out about these guys after I did a little reading up on another band I really like called Maritime (who I’ve posted on here before).  I’d known about them for awhile, but just recently got around to trying out an album.   Maritime is a made up of two guys from The Dismemberment Plan and two guys from The Promise Ring.  I went into this album expecting Pop Rock similar to Maritime or even Emo-ish Indie Rock like The Promise Ring.  What I got was way different.  The Dismemberment Plan is loud, obnoxious, and incredibly fun for a Post-Punk band.  Definitely a great find.

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My favorite album by The Police, and I’ve been listening to it more often lately, so I figured I’d post it here.  Not much to say other than it’s a great album and worth a download.

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“The old proverb warns us not to judge a book by its cover. The artwork on the CD label alone is enough to warn of doom and gloom ahead. With cryptic song titles printed in an eerily scrawled font, there appears to be a number of dark places this album could go. Is it your garden variety morbid death metal? Will there be lots of screaming and depictions of bleeding fetuses? The fears are threatening and numerous. But as soon as the opening track rolls in, all concerns are quelled as quickly as they came. Lush, melodic layers of guitar and piano subdue wary ears. As if to second the feeling, one-man show Justin Curfman chimes in, singing fills my mind … with relief. Exactly. Here lies a noble attempt at traditional gothic beauty. With an obvious nod to bands like The Cure, Curfman s mournful cries echo in the distance, veiled in a gauze of reverb. Swirling around him is a variety of minimalist accompaniment, ranging from guitar and piano to electronic beats. Standout track Fireflies Make Us Sick might as well have been written by Depeche Mode themselves… …gives us that dim, melancholy feeling our inner ’80s teenager desires. – Babble & Beat Magazine … Wound In Wall is a very addictive album… – Bat-Cave (Poland) … if you fancy turning (The Cure’s) Seventeen Seconds, Pornography and Faith into a quartet, look no further than Wound In Wall. – Evil Sponge –Southeast Perfomer Music Magazine” – from Amazon.

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I’m pretty late to the game with this Mark Smith guy, but I’ve been listening to this album a ton lately. The Fall’s music at first listen sounds like a pretty typical British post-punk act. But there’s something about it that just makes you keep on coming back to it. Something about Smith’s songwriting makes it seem fresh every time you listen to it, but it’s something I’m not quite able to put my finger on. I dunno. I’m sure everyone’s heard this album already, but download this if you haven’t.

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Sad Lovers & Giants were a post-punk group from the 80s that received no mainstream recognition during their day. Their songs sound like, as I like to describe, ‘if Ian Curtis wrote songs for The Cure to play’. Epic Garden Music is a very calming album, definitely worth a download if you like other post-punk acts of the era.

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Personally, I’m a huge fan of The Police.  And this album is highly regarded to be one of the best albums of the 80’s and for good reason.  To a certain extent, one could say that this album sums up their music in a rather straightforward manner.  And though it may not be my personal favorite of theirs (Synchronicity is), I’d definitely recommend this album to anyone wanting to get into The Police or who enjoys 80’s Post-Punk and New Wave.