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On disc: Caesar's Rome

The Company We Keep - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars

The Company We Keep

The Company We Keep
(Superball Music - 2010)

Caesar's Rome are from Wales and The Company We Keep is their debut album. The band was founded in 2007 and it's Jonathan Hopkins (guitar/vocals), Kyle Smith (guitar), Richard Berry (drums) and Ashley Cocco (bass).
While the opener Vegas & Its Nightlife couldn't convince me, the following High On The Nines shows them with a more unique sound - alternative rock / post rock fits best. They combine the riff-based tune with catchy melodies, 'Wall Of Sound' meets catchiness. The single Let's Wish should soon be played on pop rock radio and perhaps the best tune to get into Caesar's Rome... At the last half of The After Dark Soundtrack it seems like they want to break free from the scheme, but soon they return to the songs main theme. More complex and almost progressive the Welsh show themselves at Finding Waves which is for me one of the highlights of The Company We Keep.
The album production is very good, thanks to Romesh Dodangoda. But not everybody will like Jonathan Hopkins voice or will grow tired of it after awhile... Personally the songs sound too much alike for my taste, even if The After Dark Soundtrack is a bit more guitar-driven then others. So I can just recommend fans of InMe, Jimmy Eats World and Hot Water Music to check out The Company We Keep by listening to Let's Wish, High On The Nines, Kicking Down Castles and Finding Waves.

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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