Finest Grain | Can't Control It

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Can't Control It

by Finest Grain

Carefully crafted songs, catchy melodies, and pop sensibility, mixed with back-to basics hook-heavy rock.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Back to You
3:53 $0.99
2. Can't Control It
2:25 $0.99
3. Too Late for Me
2:35 $0.99
4. Master Calls
3:26 $0.99
5. Again and Again
3:05 $0.99
6. Smile
3:55 $0.99
7. Sight to See
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8. Hands Are Tied
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9. Back to You (Reprise)
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Album Notes
When Indianapolis rock band Finest Grain stepped into the studio to record the tracks for their third album, Can’t Control It, they did so with a renewed energy and a couple of new members. Coming off of 2010’s coming of age themed In the Story – The Adventures of Kid B, the band turned their attention away from the introspection that fueled that record and focused on crafting back-to basics hook-heavy rock songs. Critics have likened their sound to U2, REM, and Radiohead. While those comparisons are still viable, the new material definitely adds Cheap Trick and Cracker to that mix.

Founding members Sean Jackson and Kent Vernon first joined forces in Dooga La Brown. As their musical tastes evolved, they opted to strip their sound down to the basic elements. They decided the name Finest Grain better suited their musical vision, which Jackson describes as “taking singer-songwriter songs down to their basic pop elements and then infusing them with harmony and melody.” Finest Grain performed primarily as a duo in support of Kid B, interspersing their deep catalog of original songs with an eclectic mix of covers. As they turned their attention to creating the next record, they recruited Erik Styles on bass and Andy Shutz on drums.

While Can’t Control It takes the music in a somewhat different direction from the previous records, Finest Grain still retains the main weapons that comprise their musical arsenal: carefully crafted songs, catchy melodies, and pop sensibility. This time out, however, they point those weapons at the gut rather than the head. The new album pulses with the energy of a group that, having steeped themselves in introspection for a few years, is ready to cut loose and rock.

In the Story, The Adventures of Kid B review -

The new album from Indianapolis band Finest Grain, “In the Story – The Adventures of Kid B”, plays as part song-cycle about growing up and, taken individually, the best tracks resonate as pop-rock gems, sharing sweetness and crunch and lyrics that stick.

Finest Grain – an Indianapolis duo of Sean Jackson and Kent Vernon (Jackson was a member of the Housemary’s, the two teamed up to release one album as Dooga La Brown in 2000, and this record is a follow-up to Finest Grain’s 2005 debut “One More Shot”) – use an acoustic guitar base that drops in strident but tasteful rock drums and cutting rock and roll guitar. Let the album play, because the early idea that the sound will be lightweight and atmospheric goes away. It never falls into that trap, instead driving hard enough to hit your gut as much as your head.

The record opens with tough acoustic guitar strumming and welcomes those drums. There’s some echo of Neil Young and U2 guitars in “Oceans Between (The Wayside)”, and the album takes flight with the fourth and fifth cuts, the melancholy “Thanks Anyway” and churning, anthemic “Better?”. While the sounds are familiar (think vocals reminiscent of a band like The Church or even one-hit wonders The Dream Academy), the album unfolds nicely, revealing a sound akin to an Midwest American version of Coldplay or a listener-friendly and accessible Radiohead. Every song loads up at least one little pop hook to keep a listener involved musically, and Jackson and Vernon craft many a chorus that earworms its way into your head.

They work to make the lyrics smart and music that lands below the waist consistantly enough to balance the cerebral and visceral. It’s a record that ends up feeling hopeful, helped along by redemption-seeking album closer “Coming Home”.



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