This two-tracker caught my attention mainly because of its non-metal nature. I get a kick out of many styles of music from easy-listening, classical, folk, jazz, blues to death, black, sludge, and whatever-metal. So, it's always fun to review something like Modern Clichés' single. Sadly, it's not that great. 'The Same Place' sounds limp and whiny. The vocals throughout this single are, frankly, annoying, but here they make me want to switch off. 'You Got To Tell Me', with its semantically challenged title, is a little more aggressive, and comes across far more confident and, thankfully, enjoyable. So, with a two-tracker containing only one good song, it's always going to be difficult to score this fairly. The production then? Here too, there are issues. The guitars sound somewhat weak in the mix; not a major issue for jangly indie, but still, a bit of beef wouldn't have hurt. Finally, I'm sure I heard some clipping when things got 'angry'. Not good. So, not awful, not great. Let's give Modern Clichés a chance to prove themselves on their next release; but they need to iron out these issues.
YOU GOT TO TELL ME/THE SAME PLACE
Review by Steve Cowan
13th April 2009
1) You Got To Tell Me
2) The Same Place
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"The guitars sound somewhat weak in the mix; not a major issue for jangly indie, but still, a bit of beef wouldn't have hurt."