Remind Me Where the
January 4th, 2010
Not Yet Rated
of all the amazing female led bands this year, Great Northern is my
favorite. It was one of my earliest favorite albums this year, and it
has remained that way. I don’t know if its the interesting song
structures and elements that are brought in throughout or the dynamics
between Rachel Stolte and Solon Bixler’s vocals. It is also like a
handful of other albums I’ve enjoyed because they incorporate great
vocal harmonies, simple but thick drum rhythms, all filled in with
bassy synths and topped off with a nice layer of orchestral strings.
These are driving, focused, and intricate pop songs. They rock too.
Thats about it.
There’s some indie flavor to it on songs like “Stop” that feature a
kitten mewing over a piano riff that I love. Then there are the head
boppers like “Warning”, which aren’t revolutionary but are the kind of
songs you can listen to over and over with the right beats, the right
harmonies, and perfect dynamics. Again, a lot of times it’s the
simplicity that wins me over...not the technicality. My favorites are
the epics, “Fingers” and “Snakes”. I also like it when even though the
main focus on the songs are Rachel Stotle’s vocals that there are
songs like “Driveway”, where Solon Bixler takes over and leads the
song over organs, strings, and ends with the culmination of Rachel’s
“oooh’s” accompanied by pianos and strings. These songs were crafted
with care and precision. It won’t reinvent the wheel, but it hits the
nail on the head with modern rock/pop. It has a little bit of
everything, but not too much. Just enough to work perfectly and not
lose the listener throughout the album.
If you look at my list of favorite albums this year, there are a lot
of female led bands that are absolutely wonderful. But none of them
get it completely just right and round out their albums perfectly
quite like Great Northern have accomplished with Remind Me Where
The Light Is.