MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012|
Posted by: Malcolm Donaldson
Suckers have the unusual knack of finding the crossroads between making music that sounds meaningful and not taking itself too seriously. In the Brooklyn band's second full length, Candy Salad, the band reaffirms their ability to make catchy synth anthems, but does not take it much further. The trio uses commonly found electropop sounds to an uncommonly earnest end. The problem is that most of Candy Salad molds together, without presenting any radically standout songs.
There are, however, some standout moments on Suckers' new album. Album opener "Nowhere" has a great synth solo, which replaces the typical shredding distorted guitar solo in that moment of the anthem. The keyboard, which sounds like it's being played by Brian Eno on ecstacy, is a moment of glitchy glory. Similarly, the strange beginning of "Lydia" shows off the band's creative prowess, but then brings the song back to the head-swaying sing-alongs featured on most of the other tracks.
Maybe the high and low points of the song can be seen on the same song, "Chinese Braille." The clever concept for a chorus is one of the strong point: "It's not Chinese Braille/ But you still can't understand." Quinn Walker's warbling melody will get definitely stuck in your head in only a couple of seconds. But that doesn't stop the band from stringing the song along in repetitions for almost six minutes. Inside of "Chinese Braille," and all the songs on Candy Salad is the possibility for great work, they just have to build on those ideas a little further.
Check out more Suckers in our concert video.