Irving
"Death In The Garden, Blood On The Flowers"

(Eenie Meenie Records 2006)Irving - Death In The Garden, Blood On The Flowers

It is extremely easy to be drawn into Irving's "Death In The Garden, Blood On The Flowers." One minute you may be idly listening and the next you realize, perhaps too late, that you are humming along to the airy melodies, drawn in by their sing-song quality. Irving's mixture of unassuming indie rock accented with synths and quirky lyrics make for a smart combination.

Dry, monotone vocals add a rich tone to the melodic rock of "She's Not Shy" and group sing along "The Gentle Preservation Of Children's Minds." Gritty riffs mingle with smooth melodies on the album's memorable title track before the guitar and keyboard hook of "I'll Write The Song, You Sing For Me" pull you in and set your feet tapping. With pounding drums, Irving finally kick things into gear and offer an oasis in the middle of the album with the high energy Beach Boys meet "Revolver"-style "Situation" and its sliding psychedelic harmonies. The addition of "I Want To Love You In My Room" and "Care, I Don't," with their tight rhythms and laid back, repetitive lyrics keep the fun going.

While "Death In The Garden, Blood On The Flowers" is undeniably infectious, it is also too flat. Irving keep things too smooth and passive throughout the album and fail to really grab your attention with their lack of excitement. Like that one guy or girl you used to date, Irving's "Death In The Garden, Blood On The Flowers" is sweet, but you would rather just be friends.

B-

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