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CD REVIEW: 10 Mona Lisas by The Sweet Colleens


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Overall, 10 Mona Lisas by The Sweet Colleens makes great use of its five years hiatus and it doesn’t let down both old and new bands. The hype was real, and it all paid off. Even in its quiet times, there’s an energy that grabs you and doesn’t let you go.

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Sometimes the best thing you can do is taking your time – especially when it comes to art. Nowadays, artists are put into a big amount of pressure to come up with something new in a short amount of time, or else, fans and listeners will get bore and just walk away. On the flip side, however, there are times where the artist takes a lot of time and that generates some expectations that at least they can pull it off, it would probably do more harm than just coming with whatever new material every two years or so.

10 Mona Lisas by The Sweet Colleens is the fifth studio album by a band that’s been on the scene for about two decades. The follow up to their 2013’s Closer To The Sky sees the band embracing the folklore and exploring some of their Roots (pun intended).

“Christopher” blends 80s Rock of The Church with some Country sensibility, the result is a catchy song that will lift up your spirit with its tender vocals and melodic guitar riffs. “Heave Away” travels into the Green lands of Ireland as the band goes fully on the Celtic route with a track that demands you to grab a big class of beer, blast it into the air and cheer up with some friends and strangers at a pub. “Pyromina” is one of their fast-paced tracks with its pumping fiddler lines and the angsty vocals is like a race between Punk and Folk.

The rest of the record has the band going into different places, sometimes slowing just to speed up and bring out the joy then. At times, it feels as this is a material you could go on and recommend and there are other times where you can just wait and tell the world. So this is definitely a must-listen for anyone with a musical open mind and you be the judge if this is your cup of tea or not.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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