Too Many Boxes
It’s pretty ambitious and in it’s own way, Clatter Clatter‘s debut full-length Too Many Boxes actually works quite well. Despite “Downpour” opening up the record sounding like a fucking Maroon 5 song, it does get better, throwing both guitar- and piano-driven pop melodies behind some insightful and non-totally lame indie lyrics. While you can hear some, and I hesitate to use such a broad stroke here, “classic rock and pop influences”, they work here.
That’s probably the best way I can describe this album, that it works. Trying somethign as ambitious as Clatter Clatter have is usually a risk that crashes into a burning Hindenburg-esque husk on the ground of the club or the practice space, or in my case, splintered as I stomp the CD to death on the sidewalk. But this sort of reminds me of my mom’s Billy Joel records, which I have some fond memories of, and makes me enjoy this surprise of a gem quite a bit.