1. Come On
2. My Hamster Had Rigor Mortis
4. At The Top Of My Lungs
6. Entre Dientes
9. Yet To Meet
10. The Prickly Pear
The Hungry Hungry Hypocrites, a band trying to make a name for themselves down the eastcoast of the US and beyond. They debut with “Rock, Roll, Fire & Magic” which is a collection of well-written songs, written with guts and conviction.
Not the strongest track on the album, but Come On has some good hooks. Like they’re singing: “Lord knows I’m not perfect but for you I damn well try/Lord knows it’s worth it”. This track is worth listening to. At times it sounds a little nervous, but the song itself is something to be proud of.
My Hamster Had Rigor Mortis
I actually really liked this song. It’s rough ’round the edges but it has a nice catchy tune and I noticed that I was tapping my feet to the music. Hats off, gents!
This song reminded me a little of James Morrison/Keaton Simons, though in my opinion it’s not of the same level. Personally, I wasn’t very convinced by this song. The band is trying, but on this track it didn’t really come out.
At The Top Of My Lungs
This is a great song. Maybe a little rushing at times, but I like the energy, and the vocals come out really well here. It’s one of the songs on this album that really shows this band has potential.
This, for me, is the highlight of the album. I like the introduction of a trumpet in this songs, which surprisingly works really well. The emotive vocals and the supporting keys are timed well and Undertow is a song that will end up in my rotation. Very good song!
Entre Dientes is another very strong track. The guitars are a little tighter here than on most tracks and the vocals are clear. The subtle, acoustic ballad is brought convincingly and with passion. This album listens like a performance. Like they needed a few tracks to warm up, but in this middle part of the album, the Hungry Hungry Hypocrites have found their spin.
The first time I listened to this song, it didn’t really get to me very much. But the more often I hear it, the more I’m able to get into it. December is a little rough and at times it could be a little more solid, but it’s another strong song that shows these guys do have what it takes to play your socks off.
Like I mentioned with Entre Dientes, it took the band a few tracks to warm up, but they’ve definitely found their way by now. Joseph is another good song and though it’s not my favorite on the album, I do enjoy listening to this one. It sounds like a ‘free’ song kinda. This is something I’d put on while reading or studying.
Yet To Meet
Yet To Meet is somewhat more uptempo, but still somewhat paced. I would like to hear this song in a live version, as I believe it would have more energy then. Cause the song itself is quite good, but on this rendition it lacks a little energy. I feel it’s one of those songs that are hard to recreate compared to their live version.
The Prickly Pear
When I heard this song, the first thing I thought was: Oo, I like this. And I still do. I just carries on nicely and it has something about it. I’m not really sure what it is, but I enjoy listening to this track.
At times there are little insecurities and the vocals could be a little stronger on several tracks. Production-wise there would be some things that could use some improvement. But if we look at the essence of this album, we see a band that plays music from the heart and isn’t that what it’s all about? The songs are actually quite well-written and somewhere in between Death Cab For Cutie, Accolade, Anberlin & Nine Days and a whole bunch of other things come to mind. Don’t get me wrong, these guys aren’t bad musicians, on the contrary, there definitely is talent in this band, but they also need time to grow. The songs show they have potential, and the more and more they play the more routine they will develop and I’m looking forward to their next release because I believe that it will show that this band has what it takes to convince with their music. Rock, Roll, Fire & Magic is a decent start but with time this band will accomplish even greater things.