Just another generic rock albumBy Daniel J. Katz
Recipe for a one-hit wonder: Start with Eve 6/Harvey Danger style power pop that’s already been done to death. Turn the guitars way up and turn the creativity way down. What you’re left with is a weak collection of songs that are listenable, but bland. This particular collection is from a band called Lit, and it’s called A Place In The Sun (RCA).
The aforementioned one hit on the album is “My Own Worst Enemy”, which is currently reigning at number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Airplay chart. Lyrically, it presents a light-hearted story about the morning after a drunken rage (“I can’t remember what I said or what you threw at me...”) and musically, it uses a wicked and bouncy guitar riff (and uses it liberally.) Last week, in State of the Airwaves, I noted that this is a great song because of its simplicity and short duration. But an entire album of the same material becomes tiresome quickly, especially since most of the other tracks lack the catchiness of the single.
Almost every song on the disc utilizes the same format: verses skipping along until an overdramatic chorus takes over, then slowing down as harmony is laid in. This might be effective if it wasn’t done on every single track. Plus, in each of the songs the choruses are overused to the point where after two minutes, you’re ready for the next one. (And waiting for it is no picnic.)
One of the better efforts on the album is the fifth track, “No Big Thing”, a surprisingly scorching punk rock tune with a lot of energy. Other bearable moments include the slightly catchy title track, and “Zip-Lock,” which starts out as memorable before becoming annoying after a few listens. The most impressive thing on the album is the band’s dead-on imitation of Everclear on “Miserable”. Unfortunately, I doubt it was intentional...
Lit are currently on the road with Eve 6 (they roll into the WCBN River Rave at Great Woods on May 30) having been the opening act for Silverchair for two months. They’ll then be joining selected dates of the punk-oriented Warped Tour. Maybe the exposure to the punk rockers at Warped will help Lit develop the fast-paced sound that drives their best material. But for now, on their tour with Eve 6, the band can only hope to steal more tired musical cliches, and at this rate, “My Own Worst Enemy” will be the last you hear from them for quite a while.