The Ripe – Into Your Ears (2012)

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Meet the Ripe, a Texas band, whose debut album Into Your Ears affirms they are a serious force to be reckoned with.

The band’s music reminds me of a stew pot. Everything simmers together, subtly changing the flavor of the morsels around it without destroying the unique qualities of each ingredient.

Sounding like a wonderfully obscure British psychedelic rock experiment from the late 60s, Into Your Ears (Get Hip Recordings) takes risks, but doesn’t go so far off the rails that it alienates the listener. The tunes, which were written by all three members of the band, are cleverly shaped and structured. Hearty hooks play hide and seek with drifting tempos, while the arrangements are catchy and concrete.

The appropriately titled “Be Adventurous” introduces Into Your Ears in fabulous fettle, as power popping rhythms sit eyeball to eyeball with atmospheric acid-drenched expressions. The vocals are strong and assured, the drums are hard-hitting and the guitars reverberate with feeling. Bellowing trumpets lend a bit of a soulful scent to “Orchestra,” where “Yellow Phone,” “Neverending,“ “Constant Waves” and “Dr. Strange” witness to be equally memorable cuts. Rife with twang and jangle, “A Good Thing Found” punches in as a dandy duet of wiggy garage rock and country and western.

Advocates of “Chocolate Soup For Diabetics,” “Perfumed Garden” and “Rubble,” as well as fans of shoegazer pop will definitely enjoy what the Ripe have to offer. Glistening with beauty and grooving with edginess, Into Your Ears is a fine start for a band you are sure to hear a lot more from in the very near future.

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Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson was born the day Ben E. King hit No. 4 with "Stand By Me" -- which is actually one of her favorite songs, especially John Lennon's version. She's contributed to Lance Monthly and Amplifier, and served as Rock Beat International's associate editor. Paterson has also published Inside Out, and Twist & Shake. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
Beverly Paterson
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