Morning Benders, The / Big Echo
Album: Big Echo   Collection:General
Artist:Morning Benders, The   Added:Mar 2010
Label:Rough Trade Records  

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Album Review
Francis D
Reviewed 2010-04-27
“Big Echo” The Morning Benders
This is the second full-length album for the Morning Benders, a band with local ties that frequently plays the club scene in San Francisco. In “Big Echo”, the Morning Benders have produced an impressive indie pop-rock CD that covers a lot of ground — as opposed to the more narrowly focused jangle pop of their debut CD. The tracks range from bouncy pop with great hooks to more experimental noise-rock sounds similar to Grizzly Bear, whose Chris Taylor helped produce this album. Lots of synth effects, and jagged guitars in places. Overall, there’s a lot to like here. No FCCs.
— Francis
Recommended: 3, 9, 1, 4, 10 — but you’ll find others

1. (5:17) Starts with vinyl scratches, like a needle drop. Song is a nostalgic 1950s throwback (with synth updates). Rich harmonies. Soaring strings. Great hook. ***
2. (3:04) Mid-tempo Indie rock. Bigger guitars and thumping bass. Interesting composition with tempo and key changes (to 3/4 time at one point).
3. (3:55) Bouncy pop with a can’t-miss hook. Synth effects throughout. Hard to get this tune out of your head. ***
4. (1:44) Up-tempo, high-energy composition. Strumming guitar, timpani, glockenspiel, and nice harmonies. Ends abruptly.**
5. (4:29) Slower tempo with some jazzy undertones. Meandering melody. Beatles-like harmonies in lead break. Ends with long synth trailout
6. (3:46) Slow fade in. Jagged electric guitar provides harder edge, with high wistful vocals as a counterpoint.
7. (4:45) Slow jazzy number, with lots of synth and drums. Lead break features electric guitar played off against drum flourishes.
8. (3:39) Mid-tempo, driven pop-rock. Also has a harder edge. Lots of drums and noise.
9. (5:04) After electronic squeals, tune starts softly and slowly, but builds immensely in layers and volume. Breathy vocals. Jangly guitars.***
10. (3:15) Soft, slow choir-like vocals, and lots of synth effects for a ghostly feel. Crunchy guitar added just past the song’s midpoint.**

Track Listing
1. Excuses   6. Hand Me Downs
2. Promises   7. Mason Jar
3. Wet Cement   8. All Day Day Light
4. Cold War   9. Stitches
5. Pleasure Sighs   10. Sleeping In