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Finding Symmetry in the Disarray
November 12, 2013 - Nicholas Terry
Restorations are a special band that you need to watch out for. Sure you can jump on the bandwagon later, but you'd be wise to not miss what they are doing right now. Their album, "LP2" is currently wearing out my turntable's needle, but that's just fine. The opening song, "D", starts with a single distorted guitar playing what sounds to my ears like a weird version of "Amazing Grace". It's anthematic, slightly eerie, but at the same time inviting. After about 30 seconds, the full band kicks in and I feel a rush of emotions come over me. It's one of those goosebump moments that makes you remember music is a language that doesn't always need words.
Their lyrics speak to the confusion and uncertainty that is being a human. I used to think that figuring out who you are comes to fruition by early college years. I've redacted that view as I can attest, life does not get any easier, nor does it help you along the way. You have to figure it out along the way, and do it your own way. Albums like this one don't necessarily make choices easier, but help you find comfort in those decisions.
Restorations play a brand of rock music that is easily accessible. They know how to play their instruments and don't mind showing off at times. It's never excessive, nor do they interrupt singer/guitarist Jon Loudon. Which is good because, he belts out line after line of poetry that you wouldn't want to miss. The album is meant to be listened to as a whole piece of art, and flows together seamlessly. I can see why everyone I've talked to about this band has trouble summing them up. They just need to be heard. If you like any kind of rock music, it's worth a listen. Jon has a voice that Eddie Vedder wish he had, enough twinkling guitar playing to appease indie-rock fans, and the kind of lovable charm that a band like The Gaslight Anthem has. Oh, and the album artwork is awesome, if you're into that sort of thing. They've got it all, and trust me you will thank me later. I've already thanked those that recommended them to me.
"Wild eyes to the stars at night Hoping for some chance to arrive To find out its been there the whole time" - "D"
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