Tiny Engines has worked its ass off the last couple of years and is well on its way to becoming a label that is synonymous with quality up to the point where you don’t even need to think about it, you just pick up whatever they release because you know it will be worth your time.
Take Somos for example… this Boston-based outfit dropped an album on which they sound so comfortable with their sound that you’d be hard-pressed to believe that “Temple Of Plenty” is a debut LP. Guitars twinkle before trading that in for crunchy distortion as they build up to yet another catchy chorus. The drums are constantly pounding away and the vocalist has a very agreeable voice. The songs on here rock and are both poppy and punky at the same time without Somos ending up sounding like every other pop-punk band out there.
These guys might have wanted to spice things up a little though because the one thing this album lacks is variety. After just a couple of listens, “Temple Of Plenty” feels like an album you’ve owned for years. While that can be seen as a good thing, it also makes that I’d rather sit back and listen to something else because you have the feeling that you know this one by heart. Don’t get me wrong… “Temple Of Plenty” is catchy, it sounds amazing and it’s good. But it could be great if they pushed the envelope a little.