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Gratitude (Atlantic Records)

By: Mike SOS

Featuring Jonah Matranga (Far) and Mark Weinberg (Crumb) in its ranks, the debut release from Gratitude is a 12-track glistening array of heartfelt hard rock with a surprising arena rock swagger. From the opener "Drive Away" and its contagious chorus, to the simple yet effective nature of tracks like "This is the Part" and the pop-punk gem "Another Division St.", this quintet offer the perfect, more luxurious alternative between U2 and Jimmy Eat World. With a discernible Californian laid-back feel (recording where the Beach Boys made PET SOUNDS probably accentuates that a tad), and oozing with the most straight ahead rock sensibility displayed during Matranga's illustrious career, this newfound direct approach allows Gratitude to explore the big rock sound and embrace a dynamic niche in the process. If you dug Far, dig Incubus, or are a mark for hooky, big sounding rock record, this eponymous disc delivers.
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