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Sweeter Than Bourbon
West Pole MGM
3.5 out of 5 stars
Seneca’s debut release Sweeter Than Bourbon is a super-strong American power-pop album — or so you’d think. Ironically, the album which sounds as American as a cheeseburger is actually out of Ireland, where the band has garnered enough support that people are already predicting that Seneca may be “the next Cranberries,” in term of the potential for international recognition.
While it’s easy to draw that career-minded comparison, Sweeter Than Bourbon sounds more like a mix of Snow Patrol and Damien Rice; indie guitars, radio friendly melodies, heart-warming lyrics and an emotional authenticity that enhances the already well-crafted songs and musical production.
Though the album is filled with ambient, softer sounds, some of the true magic of Seneca comes through on the harder-driving numbers like “Good For What Ails You” — a song that still fits that power-pop formula, but builds to a climactic bridge which showcases the depth of the band’s musical and vocal talent.
But, while the band may embrace pop sensibilities, Seneca also goes deeper than the hackneyed themes of shallow relationships and lovey-dovey drivel. Their track “Clarity,” in fact, addresses the problem of violence against women in Ireland. It’s a slippery slope that they traverse with graceful realism and a musical conclusion that leaves the listener feeling empowered and righteous.
Seneca is getting set to make their first trip stateside for a whirlwind tour and if they can get the folks out to their shows, the material on Sweeter Than Bourbon will win them over. Getting to that Cranberries status may take some time, but the material is there.
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