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Saint Motel's debut a party album of the finest caliber

By Ana Anguiano • College Times

Published: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Updated: Thursday, July 26, 2012

Saint Motel

Voyuer
(Self-released)
Grade: A

California’s Saint Motel sure know how to make an impression. Their debut album, Voyuer, was destined to be a summer hit from the get-go. It’s clear that they are West Coast boys through and through; the album bleeds California.

Saint Motel might be new to the general public, but they’re local favorites in Los Angeles. Voyuer has been in the works for quite some time now. With so much time to perfect it, it’s no surprise the final outcome is a knock-out pop album.

The songs are all bursting at the seams with energy. Each track is filled with layered instruments and singer A/J Jackson takes advantage of it with his fun and witty lyrics. They might seem your typical surf-pop with a edge, but Saint Motel are truly eager and honest.

The song “Feel Me Now” features a horn section that delicately suits the piano melody, “Honest Feedback” has a killer electric guitar solo, and “Stories” is as fast and hard as they get.

The first 10 tracks are full-speed pop songs that show the band’s fun and spunky side. It’s like a fun rollercoaster that never makes you nauseous.

Voyeur is the perfect party soundtrack but the album oddly ends on a sour note. The last track, “Balsa Wood Bones,” is an acoustic and painfully specific tale of bullying. Jackson tells a story in first person as he’s teased, beaten, bloodied and nearly drowned. The song ends on a rather violent note, as the bullied victim gets his revenge and shoots the aggressor.

The song’s theme and plot twist changes the mood. It’s not bad though, as it leaves the listener a bit confused but satisfied. That is, until you hit replay.

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