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Ambulance LTD - New English Review

by Rob Nipe

"New English", the title track on the Ep from Ambulance LTD is quite possibly the most original idea on an otherwise unimaginative album. This track showcases what I think would be the clearest representation of the band and what I believe the band sounds like. But that is only a guess. The rest of the this album branches out into previously explored and well tread musical genres. "Arbuckle's Swan Song" sounds like a Steely Dan dream/nightmare while "Heavy Lifting" has an undeniable disco feel. There isn't enough of a commitment to any one genre though to decipher how the band feels about any of them.

Because every song on the album is different, the album ends up feeling disjointed. There are clear breaks in the album where the direction abruptly shifts. Imagine switching channels on the television and trying to make a coherent show from the pieces. Kind of hard, isn't it? Welcome to New English. An auditory ADD, if you will. The band has the remote control so you're trapped.

While I appreciate the idea of wearing your musical influences on your sleeve, hearing something that blends those influences together would be more interesting. With a new album due out later this year, I think that New English is better left to those diehard fans clamoring for anything by Ambulance LTD. Anyone less excited about the group might be turned off completely. I may fall into that last category.

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