September 25, 2007
A lot of the songs are built on layers and can lean on passionate vocals and moody arrangements. It’s a package that is quite complete and very ‘together’. Songs like It’s About Time, Lesser Things and Response show the more uptempo (at times bordering powerpop) of the band while Barcelona reaches similar heights on gentle ballads like Come Back When You Can, Get Up and Please Don’t Go.
“Absolutes” may not be an album that impacts the music scene like a bomb but it is actually surprisingly strong. It mixes catchier songs with deep, creatively arranged and written alternative pop songs that can actually resonate in your head for quite some time. Moreso than radio friendly, the music of Barcelona is TV friendly. Because the songs fit certain moods very well, I could see how these songs could become quite popular for use in TV drama series.
Musically the band shows to have quite a range that sometimes leans towards the Sleeping At Last kind of the spectrum and sometimes more but fans of bands like Meese, Seabird, Jimmy Eat World and MuteMath may very well find something in Barcelona they will appreciate and enjoy.
All in all Barcelona delivers an interesting, strong and even original album that is even more impressive considering it is the band’s debut. “Absolutes” offers very pleasant and intriguing soundscapes, good use of strings and most of all songs that are written very well and are performed with excellence. In conclusion, “Absolutes” is one heck of a debut album and Barcelona convinces.