Carolina Liar Coming To Terms Review

Released 2009.  

BBC Review

Low calorie, guitar-based rock.

Lucy Davies 2009

Coming To Terms is an accessible pop album teeming with low calorie, guitar-based rock, and lyrics betraying a slightly nihilistic attitude towards life.

Carolina Liar are a Los Angeles-based band, whose members are originally from Sweden apart from the lead singer, Chad Wolf who's from South Carolina. And Hollywood connections have been key to their popularity, with songs from the album appearing on teen series such as 90210, Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill.

There are two types of song here: first, the smouldering ballad verse with rousing, anthemic choruses all supported by some Doves-style rock drumming underneath. This applies to Beautiful World which also includes the optional gear change, lifting up a pitch for the middle eight.

Show Me What I’m Looking For follows the same pattern, with chimes, and melodic vocals reminiscent of A-Ha. The rousing chorus includes a gospel choir, which does the trick in lifting the song further. And Simple Life features a welcome contrast in the form of the riff from Led Zep's Whole Lotta Love cheekily shoehorned in.

The other predominant template is catchy and high energy, with thrashy choruses, littered with lead guitar hooks and ride cymbal; like opener I'm Not Over and the title track.

Carolina Liar certainly follow a well trodden path of numerous Strokes-diluted bands popular in the last five years or so. They also have touches of The Killers, but are sadly lacking in personality. There's not enough variety in vocal range or instrumentation here to make them stand out from the crowd. Maybe that's the key to Carolina Liar's success, but it could result in you humming one of their songs without ever finding out who it's by.

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