EP REVIEW: Broken Poets - Self Titled
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist: Broken Poets
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Sounds Like: David Bowie, Muse, Oasis, Radiohead
Technical Grade: 5/10
Weakness: Winded intros outros, excessive musical meandering, lacks dynamic,
Phoenix’s duo Broken Poets release their self titled EP in 2010. Band members include Tim McDonald (guitar) Lana Antropova (Keyboard & vocals).
The EP gently takes flight with Track 1 “Singularity” a striking intro piece with its solitary moog intro & well placed guitar accents gradually building into impressive ballad with impressive vocal presence, & overall apocalyptic vibe from McDonald & company. Track 2 “Clairvoyant” dishes out yet another psychedelic groove meshed against dark flowing piano, & passionate vocals from lead singer McDonad. Track 3 “My Selfish Altruism” flows & ebbs it’s way through to emotional fruition with it’s pulsating rhythm, sonic guitar accents & thought provoking lyrical content. The CD makes a solid first impression dishing out 3 impressive songs in a row. As the CD slowly unfolds, I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of such classic acts David Bowie, Muse, & classic Radiohead. The music itself is an impressive blend of alternative college rock with a dark alternative rock aftertaste that is thought provoking & extremely melancholy in nature. McDonald’s voice goes down smooth & is full of passion, recklessness, vulnerability & bold honesty. His vocal timber is in cut from the same cloth as David Bowie, Bono (U2) & Michael York (Radiohead, & Matt Bellemy (Muse). You will also catch a slight vulnerability in the music & lyrical content that simply can’t be faked. The musicianship from Lana Antropova (Keyboard & vocals) is also above the bar as her piano playing fills the musical space peacefully & unobtrusively. Also as impressive is some of the sound effects, synthesizer, keyboard & piano accents layered along the way. McDonald really makes the (singer to listener) vocal connection here with his emotional vocal delivery. Many of the songs have a theatrical intensity about them that make for a unique signature sound. The EP Ends with the perfect finale statement “For the Death of Dustin Essary.”
It’s fair to say this catalogue is a bit repetitive overall. No doubt a duo will have their hands full keeping a listener fully entertained & captivated the whole time. Perhaps more instrumentation is needed to fill this musical void. A few songs also take too long to develop, with excessive intros, outros & excessive musical meandering. Overall the production lacks dynamic & needs more musical peak & valley, flow & ebbing. All songs over 4 minutes in length tend to drag you to the finish line. Like the aforementioned this EP struggles to hold you attention span effectively the entire time. I fully realize this is a subjective art form, but at the end of the day many of the above issues affect the EP’s overall marketability.
Overall The Broken Poets” is a very dark & thought provoking collection of music. It’s strong suit – the vocal intensity & passion of lead singer Tim McDonald. Equally as impressive is the revealing nature of the music & vulnerability of all the songs I especially enjoyed the theatrical drama building’ quality to the catalogue. So if you like a dark, though provoking catalogue of music that is passionate, mysterious & compelling you should jump into The Broken Poets EP head first.
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