By Zane Ewton
The White Liars lay down a straightforward
and formulaic brand of music with their album, Pharmacia.
This album falls comfortably in the genre of stoner rock.
Fuzzed out guitars dominate the first
half of the album. Barry Stevenson and Ben Maddux blend their guitars
together to create a wall of sound that guides the songs and comforts leads
and solos that are scattered throughout songs. Particularly on songs
like Pack Yer s*** and Splitting atoms in which the guitars drone in
Unfortunately the emphasis on guitars is
left without any memorable parts. Much of Pharmacia blends
together. It is the final two tracks that stand out above the others.
Jason is a very mellow piano line over the noise of a needle scratching
a record. GMT contains a simple vocal harmony over acoustic guitars.
The vocals, also done by Stevenson, lack
any real style or substance. He approaches each song the same, because
essentially each song is the same.
Pharmacia wouldnt be a great party
album, nor is it the kind that would prompt a listener to retreat into
their headphones for the full sonic experience. It is just paint
by numbers rock and roll.
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