Saturday, November 13, 2010

Climber – The Mystic – Mini Review BRING ON MIXED REVIEWS

Climber – The Mystic – Mini Review
Release Date: October 19th, 2010

Record Label: None

Genre: Glam Pop

I was fairly sure that the cover art of Climber‘s latest opus “The Mystic” was going to be a window into the bands madness. For one, it looked as if several mentally unbalanced people had snapped and started taking record amounts of shrooms, who then painted a psychedelic masterpiece. In lock-step, this four-piece glam pop band from Portland, OR are slightly nutty, which is flagrantly apparent from the beginning of this 13-track effort. An amalgamation of colorful keyboards, catchy pop percussion and flamboyant singing from Michael Nelson make Climber feel like a bubble-gum Keane, or similar to Snow Patrol in songs like the cloudy “The Risk Of The Middle Way.” It’s both whimsical and lyrically honest — almost like a sing-a-long to one of your children’s favorite day-time education shows. Those not entertained by this idea, may find it hard to bounce your head from side to side, trying to enjoy the playful nature of “The Mystic,” but once you can sit down and give it a full listen — you might find that you can accept it for the harmless (yet intelligent) up-beat glamor pop that it is. ~Staff

Score: 3.5/5

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