Record label: Red Leader
Being the new project from Aaron Scott, former front man of De La Hoya and Marathon, ‘Attica! Attica!’ was a name that I had heard on numerous occasions, but hadn’t had the opportunity to check out for myself. Having gone through a period of being one of my favourite bands, I hoped this CD would sound similar to De La Hoya; however, my hopes missed the mark spectacularly.
Title track Motion Sickness’ slow piano melody interlaced with melancholic violin and mid-paced vocals resembled nothing I had imagined, and had me reaching instinctively to skip the track, but, as my finger was hovered above, about to descend on the skip button and confine this song to the scrap heap, I realised I couldn’t. He had me hanging on every word, and the tune was already spinning around in my head, when the song came to an end, I found my finger finally pressing down, but not to skip the song, but to repeat it, allowing me to begin my assault on this album with an open mind, a move I am glad I made, because It turns out ‘Dead Skin/Dried Blood’ is one of the best albums I’ve heard all year.
Whilst not sounding anything like him, these songs posses a Springsteen-esque quality, in that they meander effortlessly through genres and give detailed first person accounts of various adventures. Though the real attraction to this album is the depth and sheer quality of the vocals, Aaron Scott has one of those voices with a real pop essence it is impossible to not appreciate.
There are folk songs, rock songs, pop songs, songs of love, songs of adventure, songs with an apparent lefty themes and even the occasional tongue in cheek number (’The nation gets a bit more safe/every time I bake my special cake/with the red, white and blue icing on the top’) from the wonderful ‘Way down in Gitmo’. Every song is well written, intelligent and none feel out of place. By the time the album comes to an end you’ll be itching to listen again, if not just to attempt to ascertain how such a diverse musically diverse album can work so brilliantly.