Float Away with the Friday Night Gods
First Appeared at The Music Box, August 2002, Volume 9, #8
Written by John Metzger
After the release of its sophomore effort Kids in Philly, Marah was hailed by critics as the next big thing. The album fused the bandís hometown Philly soul with Americana spirit, earning the group comparisons to Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Van Morrison. Marahís third outing, then, will be quite a shock to anyone expecting more of the same. From start to finish, Float Away with the Friday Night Gods is pure Brit-pop, and itís nowhere near as bad as some would have you believe. Granted, it is a departure, but one has to admire Marah for taking such a gutsy diversion while sitting on the brink of widespread recognition.
Assisting with the change in direction is keyboard player and producer Owen Morris, who helped shape Oasisí (Whatís the Story) Morning Glory? and The Verveís A Northern Soul. Indeed, the songs on Float Away with the Friday Night Gods are filled with the same chaotic energy and densely layered instrumentation that graced each of these albums. If Marahís last album was deeply rooted in the streets of Philadelphia, this one is entrenched in the dance halls and raves of Britain. Consequently, percussion drives the music, guitars churn wildly, and vocalist Dave Bielanko simultaneously channels Oasisí Liam Gallagher and T-Rexís Marc Bolan as well as a bit of Tom Petty on Crying on an Airplane. Granted, itís not exactly groundbreaking. In fact, itís several years past its prime. But that doesnít make Float Away with the Friday Night Gods any less infectious.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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