Get Help is a New York City based indie rock band. This is their sophomore release after the band's first album The End of the New Country. It is a unique sounding album filled with hints of old REM and other indie alternative masters. If you liked their first album you'll probably like this one too.
"The Opulence of a Clear Blue Sky" opens with cool keys, guitar and Mike Ingenthon's vocals. There is an alternative sounding, guitar grinding and building sound to the music. Then, finally, they unleash the guitars and drums to produce a Chameleons meets Coldplay sound. Reminders of some good bands, but still unique, especially with Ingenthon's vocals. Off to a good start.
"It's Only Your Head" opens with pounding percussion and grinding guitar, before Tony Skalicky takes over vocal duties. Those power guitars and lonely lyrics permeate the electric sound.
Keyboards and guitar open "Early Hours". Skalicky's vocals dominate, supported by the piano – like keyboard sounds with bass and drums. This one has a little of that early REM sound to it.
"A Man Condemed"opens with cool bass guitar and sound effects. "We stood and waited for the ok". Ingenthon is back on vocals, sounding very Michael Stipe on this track, with some of the best guitar on the album.
Guitar opens "Big Mistake" before the bass and drums join in. Ingenthon's vocals are back and he delivers the story amidst some of the best grinding and wild electric guitar.
"Little Symbols" opens quietly to soft guitar and big bold drums. It almost sounds like an instrumental before Skalicky's brings forward the vocals. The grinding guitar gets harder and louder. "I Guess, You Know" opens with wonderful acoustic guitar and is one of the best songs on the album. Skalicky's vocals lay out the story on this acoustic and vocal track.
Ingenthon is back on vocals for "You Should Be Home by Now". This one is cool with Ingenthon only supported by pounding drums and a few guitar licks for the opening. There are some U2 guitar hints back to Joshua Tree, but this is still original sounding music.
"A Brittle World" has a Cure - like guitar sound to it with pounding drums and Skalicky's, Stipe – like vocals. The keys are also cool on this song."What We Talk About" opens with deep bass, electric guitar buzz, and more of that slow drip Cure sound.
The finale, "Crooked Streets" opens with cool acoustic and electric guitar well blended. It has that spag western meets country crooner sound to it, all set to a slow dirge – like keyboard sound. An interesting way to close an album.
1. The Opulence of a Clear Blue Sky 3:48
2. It's Only Your Head 4:02
3. Early Hours 2:46
4. A Man Condemned 3:07
5. Big Mistake 2:40
6. Little Symbols 6:22
7. I Guess, You Know 2:58
8. You Should Be Home By Now 3:23
9. A Brittle World 4:13
10. What We Talk About 3:21
11. Crooked Streets 4:36