Beach Slang
Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street


4.5
superb

Review

by Curse. USER (64 Reviews)
September 25th, 2014 | 20 replies


Release Date: 09/30/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Beach Slang show that their first EP was no fluke, and they are a band to watch out for.

Beach Slang has made a big splash out of nowhere this year. Their first EP Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken" quickly caught on with listeners because of their similarities to The Replacements, early Goo Goo Dolls, and Gin Blossoms, but clearly with their own approach to a well worn sound. WWEWASB" is a driving EP full of poignant lyrics and fast, fuzzy guitar, and when it was announced that a second EP was going to be released in the fall, many expected that same energy level, but Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street is a different beast. Released just in time for fall, Beach Slang have released a slower, more contemplative album than their debut. Don’t think for a second that it is any less powerful, though.

It should honestly come as no surprise that Beach Slang is arguably better at more midtempo songs, their sound is clearly suited for it, and James Snyder’s vocals and lyrics fit in perfectly. A taste of the lyrics, courtesy of highlight “Dirty Cigarettes”: “This town is ***ed, but I don’t mind/It’s wrong enough, to feel alright”. Fuzzy guitar lines full of emotion and heartache cover the entire album, crafting the mood of the EP. “American Girls And French Kisses” sings about the fun of seeing a show in a basement, but the guitar lines are almost an acknowledgement that nothing can stay this fun indefinitely, and at some point this will all die. The EP is closed by “We Are Nothing”, an acoustic track that reminisces the hard times that no one could take away. A fitting end to an album full of high peaks.

Beach Slang knows how to wear their influences on their sleeve without feeling like a ripoff, mostly due to their impeccable songwriting. Over the course of two EPs, the group have proven themselves to be a force to be reckoned with going forward. They don’t waste a single moment of Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street’s 11 minute runtime, giving you just enough to feel satiated while also making you beg for more. Here is hoping to an incredible full-length in the near future, and that Beach Slang hasn’t peaked too early, because there isn’t much higher that they can go.



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Curse.
September 25th 2014


8053 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Three month break from reviewing, good to start back up.





link to both their Eps: http://beachslang.bandcamp.com/album/cheap-thrills-on-a-dead-end-street

SeaAnemone
September 25th 2014


21407 Comments


I'VE BEEN SO EXCITED FOR THIS YOU HAVE NO IDEA

Curse.
September 25th 2014


8053 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I HAVE A PRETTY GOOD FUCKING IDEA

ExplosiveOranges
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2014


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Never heard of these guys before, but good to have you back, Josh.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2014


55355 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hearing good things bout this

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SeaAnemone
September 25th 2014


21407 Comments


that's because I told you them

djunior
September 25th 2014


882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

1st ep was sick



need to check this immediately

SowingSeason
Moderator
September 26th 2014


25033 Comments


Ooh I'll have to hear this

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SeaAnemone
September 26th 2014


21407 Comments


1st ep is a little better, sowing, if you want to check that out

Curse.
September 26th 2014


8053 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Both EPs are about even to me, but yeah Sowing definitely check these guys out

pmmets07
September 27th 2014


5984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sometimes i don't wanna try i'd rather faauuuuuck up

Voltimand
September 27th 2014


703 Comments


How can something so new, sound so retro?


I dig it.

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emester
September 27th 2014


8181 Comments


nice to hear from ya again Josh! :D

Curse.
September 27th 2014


8053 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was gone too long

SeaAnemone
September 27th 2014


21407 Comments


omg the first 20s of "We Are Nothing" sounds exactly the same as the beginning of "Two Headed Boy"

Pajolero
September 28th 2014


912 Comments


This requires my attention. Is it streaming anywhere?

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TheWrenKing
September 28th 2014


1547 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is actually so great.

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Kaiiser
September 28th 2014


25 Comments


jammed the first EP because of this review and ye they're good

Gmork89
September 29th 2014


7352 Comments


Wow, dirty cigarettes is easily one of the best songs I have heard this year.

Catatonic
September 29th 2014


150 Comments


Wow, dirty cigarettes is easily one of the best songs I have heard this year. [2]



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