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ALBUM REVIEW: The Given Motion ‘Human Dictionary’

The Blackflag.co.uk is the source for your alternative music and culture but that’s not to say we are totally oblivious to what’s going on in the more mainstream music...

The Blackflag.co.uk is the source for your alternative music and culture but that’s not to say we are totally oblivious to what’s going on in the more mainstream music scene. Every once in a while we like to dip our toe into this world and so it came to be that we were sent the new album by a band called The Given Motion who hail from Long Island, New York.

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, in which case the likes of Theory of a Deadman, Taking Back Sunday and Dashboard Confessional will be very flattered once The Given Motions new album, ‘Human Dictionary’ is released. And in fairness this isn’t a criticism, this isn’t a problem. There is a huge market for these bands and a huge market for these types of ‘safe rock bordering on indie’ songs.

‘Human Dictionary’ is a 7 song long album lasting a short, sharp 28 minutes. In this time the band look to showcase the various song styles they have honed through gigging since their formation in 2008. The opening track, ‘Sing to me’, is perhaps the perfect introduction to the band if you have never heard of them (or their influences, see above) before. Its slow introduction builds to a steady rhythm with ‘breakdowns’ interspersed throughout. The second track, ‘Don’t Blink’, feels more akin to an indie band, with the hand clapping and toe tapping steady beneath throughout, and is perfect daytime radio playlist material.

The last few tracks are similar in style, acoustic introductions with heavier guitars in the background allowing the vocals to ride across them. One can imagine them being greeted by a sea of swaying arms and hands at their gigs.

It’s a nice collection of songs, showcasing their abilities..um..nicely. You can picture this doing well in the colleges of the US and a track making its way onto a US teen drama show. However, how the band move forward and continue to progress so that future releases are not just a repeat of this is a question that only they can answer. Let’s hope they do a better job of it than the likes of Nickleback….

Words: Brian McKay

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