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Charm City
Carousel Kings - Charm City
5.0
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Friday, February 10, 2017 - 10:38
submitted by
Thomas

Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s Carousel Kings have been at it since 2009 and “Charm City” is already the band’s fourth full-length.  But don’t feel bad if you hadn’t heard of them before. Neither had I.

On the band’s first album for Victory Records, they skipper between easycore (opening track “Grey Goose”), bouncy pop-punk (“Something Isn’t Right”) and even throw in some metallic crunch every now and again (“Bad Habit”, “Fractals”). It’s hard to find anything remotely original in this batch of songs, but at the very least they know how to make things sound slick and catchy. Unfortunately the production is polished up to the point that it sounds a bit sterile and while “Unconditionally” is not a cover of the Katy Perry song, it sounds so over-the-top poppy that it might as well have been.

 

Track listing:

  1. Grey Goose
  2. Glory Daze
  3. Here, Now, Forever
  4. Bad Habit
  5. Something Isn't Right
  6. Hate Me, Love Me
  7. Charm City
  8. Dynamite
  9. Unconditionally
  10. Fractals
  11. Punch Drunk
  12. Fool's Gold
  13. You Never Will