Pomegranates
"Everything Alive"

(Lujo Records 2008)Pomegranates - Everything Alive

"Everything Alive," the debut full-length album by the Pomegranates, a fledgling, fast moving, Cincinnati based, indie pop quartet, is a very enjoyable 30 minutes of pure experimental pop-rock. Recorded in four days and mixed in two, this album leaves the listener breathless, wanting more. The Pomegranates are Joey Cook (vocals, guitar, keys), Isaac Karns (vocals, guitar, bass), Josh Kufeldt (bass) and Jacob Merritt (drums, percussion) a very nice group of guys, very gentle and refreshingly humble. This album reminded me a lot of Julie Ocean's debut album "Long Gone and Nearly There." The Beach Boys and The Kinks influences are also evident.

"Whom/Who" is a catchy, toe tapping pop tune with twanging guitar riffs and emphatic "lalala" chorus. "In the Kitchen" has a light rhythm that is kind of bluesy but is a pure pop tune cooing a kind of innocent, idealized "missing you" romance. "Late Night Television" is attention grabbing with the lyrics, "I want to know where you've been." It's adolescent possessiveness, the other side of love, almost a companion piece to "In the Kitchen" but with more twanging bass and pulsing bass drum, a heartbeat you'd hear resting your head on another's chest. The vocals are as smooth as silk, almost wistful. "The Bellhop" reflects upon how small we are in the overall scheme of life, all the people we will never know, fear of dying alone. Then "Appreciations" cuts in with driving riffs, deep vocals, yet ends bubbly, effervescent, hopeful. "Thunder Island" is pure delight with very interesting percussion as is "The Uncanny Terrace" with really nice use of bells.

Probably the two most interesting songs on this album are "Desert Hymn" and "Thunder Meadow." With suspenseful use of acoustic guitar and arid winds, sounds of falling rain, "Desert Hymn" is a very powerful song. The artists curiosity surrounds the Christ figure, a very self reflective look at one person's meaning of faith in a faithless world, what's made him feel smarter, what's set him free. "Thunder Meadow," the final track uses heavy, grooving bass lines in what first appears to be a serious ballad, sweet guitar riffs lighten it up a bit, then ending with keyboard that give pause for a moment, reflective, like church music, very soothing, traditionally spiritual.

Overall, this is an excellent album. A very enjoyable 30 minutes of the crackling electric melodies that are beautifully arranged.

B+

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