THE ALMOST Monster Monster
Christian rockers The Almost have put together a consistent, radio-friendly album with Monster Monster. A little less sonic consistency would be nice, but at least standout tracks Monster and Hand Grenade (featuring Chris Scruggs – Earl’s grandson) offer a departure from the rest of the tunes. Up-beat and rockin’, The Almost seem to have a good thing going and should resonate well with mainstream music lovers. There’s also enough edge for some (but not all) who shun popular music. The lead singer’s voice (Aaron Gillespie of Underoath) isn’t as grating as many on the radio, but hopefully the muted whiny quality will be left behind on their next outing. All in all, Monster Monster has a lot of catchy tunes, most of which I wouldn’t mind hearing at a party or on the radio.
Published in Volume 64, Number 14 of The Uniter (December 3, 2009)