May 25, 2004

THe Reverse "Downtime"

England's The Reverse has a very distinctive British sound. Listening to this four-piece's debut EP Downtime, you'll quickly realize the identity of their biggest influence: RADIOHEAD. Don't let that put you off, as you should seek this young band out, because this record is excellent. They deftly mix in guitar rock and acoustic guitar/keyboard-driven melancholy, and this combination is quite rewarding. The crunchy, driving guitars of "The Game" to the sweet, gentle "Take a Deep Breath" and the sad ballad "Falling Behind," Downtime is indeed seventeen minutes of down music-and if sadness makes you happy, then let The Reverse cheer you down NOW.

--Joseph Kyle

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