Wednesday, August 3, 2011

REVIEWS: WHITE DENIM - D

"D"
Artist: White Denim
Title: D
Year: 2011
Genre: Indie Rock
Rate: 7

Review: Have you ever heard a band that obviously has so many influences woven into the tangles of their musical hair that all you can think to do is scream the names of those influences out in succession at the top of your lungs, knowing that in the end you wouldn’t even have broken the skin of those layers? This is the immediate reaction you’ll get from listening to White Denim. For those of you who have been following their already five-year career and heard their previous three albums, and for the band themselves, references to their multitude of influences have been said, written, and shouted so many times that it’s probably beginning to become an insult, or at the very least boring. Nevertheless, it’s those myriad influences that make White Denim exciting and so unique it’s hardly even necessary to name those sources anyway. Regardless, these guys can rock.

White Denim is arguably the most impressively musical band around: their talent reaches so far it’s hard to pin them down into a classification of any sort beyond just “rock”. Petralli’s and Jenkins’s guitar chops are enough to make you ignore the vocal timidity altogether—the two run their fingers up and down the guitar neck so fast you’d expect a tornado to form around them. And while they fire on high, Joshua Block literally pounds his drums to smithereens and Steve Terebecki owns his bass like a 12-year-old protecting his schoolyard reputation.

D is one for the record books, if not because it’s an overflowing melting pot of talent and ideas, then because of how many times you’ll find yourself hitting the play button again.

Tracklist:  01. It's Him!; 02. Burnished; 03. At The Farm; 04. Street Joy; 05. Anvil Everything; 06. River To Consider; 07. Drug; 08. Bess St.; 09. Is And Is And Is; 10. Keys.

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