Mid­night Boule­vard In­de­pen­dent

Blunt - - In Review -

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.

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