Album Reviews

That Was Something – Bears!
Monday, May 12, 2008 - 00:00
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I recently received Detroit’s That Was Something’s new album in my mailbox and I have to say I have never ever heard of these guys before, nor of the label they’re on (Oort Records). As far as I can tell it’s the label’s second release, while That Was Something’s MySpace page says it’s the band’s fifth album in five years.

The music on “Bears!” sounds every bit as cuddly as the artwork suggests and while they know how to write some slick poprock songs, boredom struck me around the halfway mark and I had the hardest time distinguishing separate songs from then on. All of the songs have nice guitar sounds and keyboard effects with hooky vocals yet they lack that extra bit of zing to make them stand out in a genre that’s already very crowded.