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As Tall As Lions Review

by Jeff K.

ATAL sophomore self-titled release fuses a number of predictable influences, but pull it off without sounding too cliché in a style that is becoming the newest rage. With hints of Coldplay and Radiohead, with a twist of indie/emo, these Long Island natives fuse elements of modern rock and experimental sounds in a way that, while it can get a little old, is still mostly enjoyable.

Produced by the incomparable Mike Watts, as well as Steven Haigler (also known for his work with the Pixies), sonically the album is extremely well recorded and mixed. Watts was not at all afraid to layer and overdub the songs in order to give them a lush, dense sound, that is sure to keep one's ears busy trying to catch all the nuances of the recording. It is masterfully done, and keeps songs that could be otherwise a bit bland interesting and busy.

ATAL is a band that may never break out of the club scene. However, don't let that deter you from checking out this self-titled release, as it contains just enough indie influence to keep it from sounding like a rip-off of some of todays less palatable modern rock getting overexposed radioplay.

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