Album Review: Company Of Thieves' Running From A Gamble
Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 13:06
Chicago indie rockers Company of Thieves released their sophomore effort Running From A Gamble on May 17. As a countdown to the album's release date, the band gave their fans a special preview of each song by uploading videos day-by-day of acoustic performances on their YouTube account. On top of this, Company of Thieves gave their fans an unusual treat when they revealed a coupon online for a free copy of the CD to be used at FYE stores.
The first single from Running From A Gamble, titled "Death Of Communication," was released on March 15. The track starts off by quickly fading in the rhythm section: a high tempo drum beat and a thumping bass line. Following close behind are lead singer Genevieve Schatz's vocals, equipped with an extremely catchy melody. Fuzzy guitar riffs and smooth piano notes quickly join in, forming an addictive alternative rock song that could easily become a radio staple.
As with their debut album Ordinary Riches, Company of Thieves infuse a jazzy vibe into the alternative rock sound, creating a fresh style that sets them apart from other groups. However, this time around the band bravely ventures outside of their usual sound, adding an interesting diversity amongst the release. For instance, some of the songs are a bit heavier, such as the closing track to the album, "After Thought." Schatz steps outside of her usual soulful singing style to scream out the final lines, ending the album with a bang.
Strongly contrasting this song, as well as the rest of the album, is the track "Tallulah." In this track, Company of Thieves are joined by a three piece horn section consisting of trumpet, trombone, and tenor saxophone. The result of this collaboration is an lively upbeat jam. Due to the strong ska-pop sound combined with its aptness to become stuck in the listener's head, it could very well be this generation's equivalent to Katrina And The Waves' hit song in the 80's "Walking On Sunshine."
With Running From A Gamble, Company of Thieves have nimbly escaped the sophomore slump to create another catchy album. People who enjoy a taste of pop added to rock music should be able to fall for this album easily. Check out Company of Thieves' web site at www.companyofthieves.net, their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/companyofthieves, or request their music on WPCD Champaign, 88.7, by calling 217-373-3790.