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CD REVIEW: Shofar Self-titled EP

What makes Rock music one of the best genres out there? Many will have a different answer, some might even say that Rock isn’t the best genre out there. Fair enough. But getting back to my question, I believe the answer for me it would be its diversity. Throughout its more than 60-70+ years of history, this has been one of the few styles that have been morphed out into the most wider and different styles while at the same time it does adapt very easy to other musical beats. It can be sad, while at the same time be fun as hell.

Speaking of fun, the following eponymous album by Minneapolis very own Shofar is a recount of many of the aforementioned things written in the past paragraph. This is a somewhat atemporal Rock album that dives all the way from Modern Rock to Alternative. The sound and weary vocals are the perfect match. The way how the bands play and have fun, it always feels organic rather than overly produced. You only need to listen songs like “Running” or “Shades of Grey” to realize how has this album was made for a group that was having some sort of a blast while recording and writing this record. All this cheerfulness does in some way come as a surprise, considering the songs’ lyrics can be at times somehow dark.

Even with all this excitement the band brings to the table, not sure if it were my speakers, but the music felt a bit too contained. Songs like “Hands Down” have all what it takes to be a new fierce rock anthem, reminiscent of the Glam Rock era of the 80s, yet the music in the background was very low and almost hidden. This takes some of the heaviness and makes the record sound a bit too amateurish. For those who take production value on their album way too serious, this would certainly turn you off.

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That being said, and overall, the record is quite good all things considered. There are certainly few diamonds in the rough and an energy that can rarely be seen or listened these days. Hopefully they will get a shot to still grow as a group and by polishing their craft a bit, great things will come. While that happens, this material serves as a decent sneak peek and introduction.

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