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Album: Take Me To The Sea *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Highways Of Gold
2)    Bats Over The Pacific Ocean
3)    Jaguar Pirates
4)    Georgia
5)    Vagabond Ballroom
6)    Humans Evolve Into Skyscrapers
7)    Antoine And Birdskull
8)    Bonetrees And A Broken Heart
9)    Man With The Plastic Suns, The
10)    My Organ Sounds Like...
 
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  • The first album from this band made up of Pretty Girls Make Graves and Blood Brothers members sounds, indeed, like an equal mixture of those bands' sounds. The insanity and vocal yelps of the Blood Brothers are tempered by the more straightforward punk-pop velocity of PGMG. Johnny Whitney's vocals screech and waver, giving the songs an alien energy despite the typical unintelligibility of his lyrics. "Highways of Gold" opens the record in a relatively comfortable vein, but elsewhere the band experiments with multiple styles, from the near-waltz of "Bonetrees and a Broken Heart" to the D.C. post-hardcore moves of "Jaguar Pirates." "Humans Evolve Into Skyscrapers" even flirts with hair metal and "Jump"-era Van Halen keyboard cheese, and on "My Organ Sounds Like...," Whitney channels his inner Prince.
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.118) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "With the Brothers' brutal bass and cubist hardcore squall swapped for sunny guitar strums and a steady beat, Whitney can be downright tuneful."

Alternative Press (p.156) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's the sound of three musicians playing to their strengths while challenging their songwriting style, resulting in a cohesive listen that holds your attention to the end."

Q (Magazine) (p.107) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Johnny Whitney yelps like the love child of Marc Bolan and Perry Farrell as guitarist Cody Votolato and drummer Jay Clark create a complex noise."

Clash (magazine) (p.113) - "Angst-ridden sing-a-long lyrics, some nice spiky riffs and the odd scream are the order of the day....TAKE ME TO THE SEA is energetic, catchy and unpretentious dance-punk."
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