The Great Valley – Wrecking Ball [EP]
April 20, 2010
The Great Valley, based in Delaware, debuts with “Wrecking Ball”, a 5-song EP that should be interesting for fans of Sherwood, Dashboard Confessional, The Rocket Summer, Waking Ashland, Mae, and the likes. Especially the first and last mentioned band’s fans might find something interesting here. The music is generally pretty slick, but rough around the edges which I see as a positive in this genre. It gives the song a little more balls and a little more energy, which is what you’d do when you play the songs live.
The Great Valley does that very well. The songs are catchy and have airplay potential but most of all they just sound nice. It’s not always the most creative songwriting, but the execution of the songs is very well done. And for a debut EP, this is good stuff.
Title track Wrecking Ball and the gutsy Get Up! are strong tracks and the closing track Where Do We Go shows the most promise. They maintain their alternative edge but incorporate some true rock & roll and musically they take a few chances.
“Wrecking Ball” is a good debut EP and The Great Valley’s music has everything it needs to be very popular in live renditions, which is a great way to get a loyal following. If they build on that and continue to grow in the songwriting department there is not much that can stand in the way of success for this band.