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Music Review: The Click Five – Modern Minds and Pastimes

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Drum Roll, please! Brmmmmmmmmm… Let me introduce you to the The Click Five and their new album Modern Minds and Pastimes

Now I know some of you are already familiar with the band and their music, especially if "Just a Girl" is still on your iPod playlist. But for those who have never heard of the band or if you just simply have "heard of them", let me give you a bit of a background about who the Five are; besides a refresher is always good.

Straight out of Boston, Massachusetts, the band debuted onto the music scene in 2005 with Greetings from Imrie House, which placed 15 on the Billboard 200. The album was the year's highest-charting debut from a new rock band, according to The Click Five's press release. Their most memorable song of the record was "Just the Girl", which with its intensely uppity, feel-good lyrics always gets your blood pumping. Thus it's a perfect song to exercise to, not that I'm speaking from experience or anything.  The band members are: Joe Guese – lead guitar; vocals, Ethan Mentzer – bass, vocals; Kyle Patrick – vocals, rhythm guitar; Ben Romans &- keyboards, vocals; and Joey Zehr – drums, vocals.

With the days of "Just the Girl" behind them, the band has grown and in their new album they started to experiment musically with their personal musical heroes as the driving force. As Ben Romans states in the press release, "The puzzle is breaking it [lyrics] down to its pure essence. Lyricism is minimalist, and I like the challenge of writing pop music. It's modern art, like Rothko, in blocks, instead of doing an Impressionist painting." And I have to say that their new album is just that: modern, different, and definitely much more acoustically mature.

Each song is an individual, but interestingly as a whole the songs mix well with one another. The transitioning between tracks is very well done, making the listening enjoyable, instead of that "Dear God, what's this?" that makes your ears hurt. The lyrics are like Romans said: Art. Poetic in nature, they are creative, fun where fun ought to be had, and meaningful when there is need to carry emotion with them.

Like I said before, the band styled their music on their heroes. The track "Addicted to Me" has synthesizer in it and is very reminiscent of early Duran Duran and Devo. There are rifts that remind me of the classical rock songs that you play on Guitar Hero. The music altogether reminds me of '70s – '80s with a bit of modern pop rock flavoring. The combination makes for a pleasant musical experience. The album delivers a fresh range of songs, besides your love songs, there are songs about trouble, getting over someone, generally to get your blood jumping, anthems, and ballads.

One of these anthems is "Jenny", which has gained a strong following since the arrival of the record. I'm a fickle being, but their music satisfies my every whim. Like a good glass of wine, with each sip comes a surprisingly new burst of flavor, and I do like my wines.

Even though you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, the band getup reminds of The Beatles and The Who. Very clean cut, uniform, though the guys do add their own personal something to the outfits, sort of like their music. So if you're a planning on a trip down memory lane or want to play "Name that Beat", I find that The Click Five done a wonderful job connecting the old with the new. Don't dismiss Modern Minds and Pastimes thinking it is exactly like the '70s because true to pop rock, that is exactly what Click Five delivers. With that, I'm going go to google some disco polo songs. Catch you all on the "Flipside".

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