Album Review: Southtowne Lanes – Take Care

5/5

The Oregon band Southtowne Lanes have released a new album, Take Care, on May 10. This is a great album and leaves the fans wanting more. With each track on this album, it feels like it tells different parts of a story of a relationship that’s falling apart. There’s a total of nine tracks on this record and the entire album is a work of art.

Stream Take Care here.

It starts out with “Never Coming Home” which is such a fantastic way to kick off the album. It starts out as a quiet tune that gets progressively heavier. The instruments get louder, and the vocals find themselves more on the screaming side of the spectrum. It’s a great linear level of sound increase. This track feels like it’s about missing someone who left and might not be back. There’s a lot of expression within the vocals. It continues forth into “Witness,” which starts right into the sounds of distorted guitars and punk sounding drums and vocals. Around the two-minute mark, the vocals switch to a more screaming vocal sound. It makes for a nice variety within the track.

“Barely Hanging On” starts out quite different, as it’s piano heavy and, for the first minute, it’s a peaceful track before it starts to progress into the heavier sound. The remaining period on the track continues on the heavier sound. The next track, “Go Cold,” switches up the game completely with the vocals starting right at the beginning of the track. The guitars were very nicely used in this track and they complimented the drums nicely.

For the middle of the album track, “Disappear,” it starts off with a few seconds of piano before completely switching over to a punk sound with both guitars and drums. It’s quite a full switch. Not that it isn’t appreciated, but it definitely comes as a shock. As the album reaches the second half, the next two tracks, “Reprieve” and “Take Flight,” both feel like a culmination of all of the tracks from the first half. It isn’t overly a track that stands out to me, in comparison to the rest.

There’s a lot to say about the final two tracks. “Find Your God” has less punk vocals and more screaming vocals. Another thing that I like is that the ending of the track is spoken rather than sung. It makes for such a great penultimate track. As for the finale, “Hurt All The Time,” the track is more on the quiet end of the punk spectrum. It’s a great listen and, honestly, the ending is powerful and strong. It’s something that makes a lasting impression as the final track.

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