Midnight Boulevard Independent
Straight off the bat Midnight Boulevard seem to have potential. Alternative rock with a heavy prog influence, and more vocal echo than a cathedral packed with choristers. But before long the eponymous album descends into uninspiring periods of riff and repeat with bog-standard strum and drum that lacks the explosive force of prog and the aggressive bite of alt-rock. Bland song structure and limited substance drag the album to a halt, as the band flatly refuse to branch out beyond the basic tenants of songwriting. Sadly, Boulevard seem content to push cheese through your speakers under the guise of emotionally driven music. Ultimately it comes off as a forced attempt to write something trendy rather than honest. Midnight Boulevard will leave you begging for the dawn.