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Society Ills does well

June 26, 2007|By EMILY NELSON

CD review

Society Ills, a band of four guys - two 18 and two 19 - from Frederick, Md., kicks off its second self-produced album, "Transmission," with melodic keys and intricate guitar riffs on the track "The Aftermath." This song sounds like it could be a Pearl Jam song.

Society Ills' second and more emotional track, "Cutthroat Romance," has heavier guitar sounds than the other songs on the album. It has an alternative rock feel with catchy melodies, and it's outro includes a piano solo.

The album's title track has a more experimental feel to it because of its different vocals and instrumental sounds.

The a combines genres such as metal, punk, alternative and some screamo (random screaming of lyrics during songs) in the track "Synchronicity."

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This album features great drumming and pretty awesome vocals. The bass sounds nice in the heavier songs, where it's more defined. The drums keep the tempo up and complement the guitar and bass. There is amazing instrumental sound on this album. The vocals on "Second Glance" and "Goodnight (Sweet Jean)" sound especially exceptional. I like the harmony on "Goodnight (Sweet Jean)" with the harmonica and smooth, melodic sound.

Overall, the album stands as a real accomplishment for Society Ills.

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