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Ellison - Say Goodnight, Sleep Alone Review

by Ashleigh Hill

Pop We've All Heard Before

There are rules in the game of pop music. Rule #1. Your band must be pleasantly dreamy with just an edge of discontent. Rule #2. Your band's album must not stray too far from the course of popular radio-friendly music. No "surprise tracks". Don't get too creative. Rule #3. At least three of the following topics must be mentioned in any or all of the tracks on said album. Ahem… Eyes, hair, movies, movie screens, soundtracks, goodbyes, sleeping alone, stars, and of course, love. Every song should probably be centered on the idea of love. Ellison has followed all the rules and Say Goodnight, Sleep Alone turns out to be by the book.

"Joanna, Open Your Eyes" is an example of the ideal pop song. Catchy (not to mention the citing of eyes and love), simple (but not too bland) lyrics and good use of the drums make it a good opener. "Following You" sounds whole lot like "Joanna"; a perfect bridge accomplished by a mellow drum solo followed by the polite harmonization of monotone vocals. Track three, "Holiday Drive-In"¸ offers more saccharine movie and screen references, and by this point it's really enough.

Say Goodnight, Sleep Alone is nothing new. Turn on any Clear Channel owned radio station and you've heard it before. In fact, it's really all you hear anymore.

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