Cute Is What We Aim For

The Same Old Blood Rush With A New Touch

Written by: TL on 16/07/2006 02:38:45

Fueled By Ramen has been busy for some time, mass producing bands fitting the emo-scene in a way that makes you think they had a design laid out for them. Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, The Academy Is, Paramore, The Hush Sound, Forgive Durden and more. Newest addition to the family is four man strong Cute Is What We Aim For, and with their debut album "The Same Old Blood Rush With A New Touch", they're all set to conquer the scene.

When trying to describe Cute's sound, words that come into mind are "soft, sweet and innocent - maybe even a bit naive". You will inevitably come to think of bands like The Rocket Summer or Dashboard Confessional. If you know those bands, you know what I mean (and if you don't, check them out, they're cool bands). Cute plays songs that are soft, sweet and captivating, just try listening to some of the better songs on this album, like the catchy up-tempo "There's A Class For This" or "The Curse Of Curves". Both are nice songs of the well known kind, that will stick to your mind for a time, and then be forgotten, or in the worst case, become annoying.

While these songs are alright, the strenght of the band is in the slower acoustic songs. Before releasing this album, Cute.. earned themself a reputation on the song "Lyrical Lies". An understandable fact, since the demo of the song had a great mood to it, and was simply cool. That is why I was severely disappointed when I discovered that something horrible had happened to that song: Over production!

This fault is in fact present all over the album. Every song has had all the rough edges removed, and the songs will strike the experienced listener as being a bit too smooth and impassionate. When you listened to the demo, you would feel that same shiver you felt when listening to some of the best Dashboard songs, like "Hands Down". The shiver that tells you that what you're listening to is honest, straight from the heart. You will never feel this on the album because of the almost ridicoulus over-production. On their way from demo to album, Cute Is What We Aim For lost a lot of character, and they need to find it again, if they want to move out of the average.


Download: There's A Class For This, The 4th Drink Instinct
For the fans of: The Rocket Summer, Mae, Dashboard Confessional,
Listen: Cute Is What We Aim For@MySpace

Release date 20.06.2006
Fueled By Ramen

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