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The Only Really Thing
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Like their contemporaries in Los Campesinos, one of the biggest attributes Toronto band Spiral Beach has going for it is youthfulness. Between the four members I would be surprised if their total ages eclipse 85.
It is what makes them such a great band to see live. They always seem to have too much energy for the stage, and it often spills over into the audience. The problem is, sometimes this energy cannot be channeled into record, when in the studio.
That said, Spiral Beach gives it a good shot with their third full-length, entitled The Only Real Thing. While the songs never do reach the freneticism of their live work, they are engaging and fun to listen to.
My main complaint about the record is that Spiral Beach’s sound can get to be a bit much in long doses, and the 13 tracks found on The Only Real Thing seem a few too many. None of the songs are bad, but I think this record would have been better if they took three or four of the weaker songs off, and then released a follow-up ep.
Hell, they could potentially have made more money that way too.
Aside from that minor complaint, The Only Real Thing is a valiant attempt at harnessing an untamable live show. I don’t know whether it is possible for SpiralBeach to ever record something to make me think otherwise, and this is as good an attempt as they have ever offered.

By Scott Thomson
Dec 6, 2009

Like their contemporaries in Los Campesinos, one of the biggest attributes Toronto band Spiral Beach has going for it is youthfulness. Between the four members I would be surprised if their total ages eclipse 85.

It is what makes them such a great band to see live. They always seem to have too much energy for the stage, and it often spills over into the audience. The problem is, sometimes this energy cannot be channeled into record, when in the studio.

That said, Spiral Beach gives it a good shot with their third full-length, entitled The Only Real Thing. While the songs never do reach the freneticism of their live work, they are engaging and fun to listen to.

My main complaint about the record is that Spiral Beach’s sound can get to be a bit much in long doses, and the 13 tracks found on The Only Real Thing seem a few too many. None of the songs are bad, but I think this record would have been better if they took three or four of the weaker songs off, and then released a follow-up ep.

Hell, they could potentially have made more money that way too.

Aside from that minor complaint, The Only Real Thing is a valiant attempt at harnessing an untamable live show. I don’t know whether it is possible for Spiral Beach to ever record something to make me think otherwise, and this is as good an attempt as they have ever offered.

By Scott Thomson
Aug 30, 2010

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