It's about time the world had another band that combined swirling atmospherics and rock guitars like our old friends The Verve did. The debut full length from Leeds' The Music fits exactly in the void that was left open when Richard Ashcroft and company disbanded. However, The Music differ in a couple of ways: they're uglier, the lead singer can't really sing, and they rock much harder than The Verve. The fact that frontman Robert Harvey can't really sing is irrelevant, as it's all about the vibe with this band. And vibe they possess by the bucketload. Whether it's the hypnotic groove of "The People" (Cornerstone Player .032), the meandering "Take The Long Road And Walk It" or the indie-disco smash-in-waiting of,"Getaway," this group of youngsters have grand ambitions. They want to combine the sounds of Stone Roses, Verve, Spiritualized and Led Zeppelin and make it all their own. They want to produce sky-scraping guitar epics, full of self-confident bluster and soul-shaking grooves. And on their self-titled debut, they have.
JEREMY P. GOLDSTEIN