LABEL: No Office
BITRATE: 224kbps avg
PLAYTIME: 0h 20m total
RELEASE DATE: 2008-06-24
RIP DATE: 2008-06-19
1. Magic Tricks 3:15
2. Shelia 3:40
3. White Lie 3:12
4. Bad Call 2:42
5. Drag Addict 3:53
6. Shelia (Radio Edit) 3:38
Blackmarket is proud to tell you how long its members have been making music.
How they've been weaving their sounds together since the days they were in
junior high. That they have years and years and yeas perfecting their chemistry.
Like those high-school sweethearts who grow up to get married, Blackmarket's
settled into a groove before it really had a chance to play the field.
Blackmarket is like a sweetheart marriage. It's nice and workable, but doesn't
have the fire, the passion and the out-of-the-relationship experience to make it
truly memorable. Blackmarket's members could probably live out their entire
musical lives married to one another and be reasonably happy, but it's a
happiness borne of ignorance and complacence. It's a happiness with mediocrity.
Blackmarket summons a lot of energy, a lot of melodies and a lot of storytelling
songwriting on this EP, but things never fall together. It's surprising to hear
a band with so much energy sounding so stoic. The act's power-pop guitars should
land it in the same high-fructose realm as The Divorce, tempting forced
associations with pop-punk. Its melodies should be able to pack your ears with
pop sugar. Its over-considered songwriting should have more to talk about than
those worn-out go-tos, complaints about the music industry and loneliness.
There's a lot that should be happening that isn't, and it's because the foursome
sold itself short. "Sheila," the EP's presumed single -- it's presented as an
album version and radio edit on the EP -- shuffles when it should gallop.
Blackmarket's big guitars, which draw from classic '70s power pop like Big Star
as much as modern-day punk-pop stuff, hint at a roof-raising chorus ready to
sweep in and take the song to new heights. It never comes.
"Drag Addict" and "Bad Call" might have been rockers at one point, but they feel
as if the band reworked them so many times they've lost all spontaneity and
energy. Their over-polished production doesn't help with that problem, either.
"Magic Tricks" gives a glimpse of what Blackmarket could produce if it let
itself off the leash. Unfortunately, it's dangerously close to off-the-shelf pop
punk with zinging tempos and big guitars that it's more of a move toward generic
anonymity than progress forward.
It's nice that Blackmarket's members could make their relationship last so long,
but you're left with the feeling that the Lake Havasu, Az. act's stifled its own
growth by staying in its comfort zone for so long.