The Broken West – Now Or Heaven

September 10, 2008

On their second album, Los Angeles based band the Broken West combines modern indie power pop and rock with 80’s style synthesizer beats, and the result is…pretty entertaining really. I had to listen to it a couple of times to really get a feel for their work here, thinking on first listen that once the band fully commits to the 80’s sound with track five, “Perfect Games,” the album improves quite a lot. However, on repeat listens, I found Now Or Heaven is in fact uniform in its goodness, recalling, in spirit if not always musically, power pop artists of the past such as the La’s, Jellyfish and Tommy Keene, with maybe a touch of Gin Blossoms. Now Or Heaven is a lot of fun to listen to, and it will be a real treat for power pop fans. Standout cuts: “Gwen, Now And Then,” “Auctioneer,” “Perfect Games” and “Terror For Two.”


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