Eulogies walk the delicate line between the indie rock and the ever-dreaded “emo” subgenre. Compared often enough to bands like Death Cab for Cutie, Eulogies rarely break out of that mold lyrically. Although the full-length album, Here Anonymous, doesn’t have enough monotony to throw at the bottom of the review pile, Eulogies fail to stand out amongst a sea of bands in the same genre. The sweet and tender guitar lines are endearing but not challenging enough to build buzz. The Los Angeles band has been performing with their current line up since 2006, and Here Anonymous is their sophomore release.

Here Anonymous is a rather small record in scope, and once that fact is accepted, it becomes easier to digest. With lyrics like, “And like a bad connection I want to fix/ I’ll turn my life around to make ends meet,” the love songs lack the fervor one hopes will inspire. There are messages of encouragement, like in the aforementioned “Bad Connection,” but nothing to really latch on to emotionally. The specific low points are the whinier tracks, which, regardless of their intention, come off as catering to a specific teenage audience. Most of the high notes come towards the end of the record, with the best track being “Dark Place.” Requisite sweet male/female duo track, “Two Can Play,” adds an interesting note to a steady progression of male harmonies. Their most expert pop song is also towards the end, in “The Fight (I’ve Come To Like).”

Unfortunately, this record is pleasant, but nondescript. While fun at points to sing along to, with a prime example being the track, “Eyes On The Prize,” it’s not brilliant. It seems as though it lacks a mission statement. It’s music for the sake of music, which is important, but in an oversaturated market, there needs to be more envelope-pushing, and Eulogies need to be more than just a nice band to see in a bar downtown. There is nothing significant to mention about the disc and no hook of any real note. And when a writer struggles to find something of interest to mention, that is a bad sign. Perhaps it’s a personal thing to ask for a record to be more than just “nice”; here’s hoping that Eulogies take it up a notch on their next effort.

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