Don't Set Your Dogs On Me
added: 10 Mar 2013
// release date: 25 Feb 2013 // label: earMusic
reviewer: Paul Chapinal
Coma are Polish and one of the most respected and successful bands in their home country, having won a few awards, sold out lots of shows and supported the likes of Pearl Jam and Tool. Mainly working in Polish the band decided to branch out with their album Excess in 2010, and tackle the English language. A brave move that reaped dividends with success in France and Germany. To date the UK hasnít succumbed and itís doubtful that this album will move them forward very much.
Itís not a bad album by any stretch it just seems a bit directionless. Take opener Keep the Peace, a grungesque tune may not have been the best move being a little clichéd in delivery. But then followed by With You which takes a different course with a much more commercial upbeat, almost poppy tone. The album then dips into Nickelback territory with Always Summer. Thatís just the first three tracks. In an attempt to be diverse and avoid pigeonholing, the album leaps about all over the place making it a disorientating listen. The funk of title track Donít Set Your Dogs on Me, collides rather that segues into the pretty mundane riffing of Song For Boys.
Having said that there are some real killers on here; the heavy-duty workout of Rainy Song, Moscow just flows beautifully, echoing Rush circa Power Windows/Grace Under Pressure, in turn followed by the emotive A Better Man, and with the complex, proggy When The Music is a Flame after that, the album closes on a high.
At 56 minutes itís maybe a tad overlong and frankly a couple of tracks sound like fillers: Late and the horribly clichéd Furious Fate wouldnít have been missed. Musically the band canít be faulted; the performances are uniformly excellent, with a sympathetic production. There's plenty here to enjoy, just maybe not all on the same album.
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