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OffTopic: Backstage

Chances are that you'll have never heard of OffTopic previously especially as before this E.P. all their previous work has been sung in Spanish. In a move to broaden their appeal the band have re-recorded some songs from their second album A Fuego in English. This is undoubtedly a good move and OffTopic are undoubtedly an interesting band.

Things get off to a promising start with "Because of You". This one is actually a little bit like a show tune which is not necessarily a bad thing especially as it gives the listener a chance to get to the quite strange but pleasant voice of Rosa Ibáñez which doesn't appear to have undergone any studio trickery and as a result sounds full and honest and crucially not overly Americansed which is always a bonus – hey, they're from Spain so why not at least sound a little bit Spanish?

Backstage may not be stunningly original but it's beyond competent cloning of already established acts especially the powerful "Game Over" which features Cristian Millán's powerful drumming and guitarist Toni Sánchez-Gil keeps the momentum going forward with some chunky riffs as he does throughout.

There's not a duff track on Backstage and I for one look forward to a full English language release.

Track Listing

  1. Mask
  2. Time Flies
  3. Because of You
  4. How Many Times
  5. Game Over
  6. Because of You (Reprise)

Added: February 8th 2011
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band MySpace Page
Hits: 1809
Language: english

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