The Danks call themselves a rock band, but they often flirt with a poppier sound, putting themselves in a position to cross a couple of boundaries in terms of the broader genre.
Brohan Moore is the lead vocalist here, and he has a throatiness to his sound which really is the distinguishing feature of the band. It is a voice which is unique enough that you may remember it after the general poppish music fades away – which is likely to happen rather quickly here.
This is music that is OK, albeit rather generically forgettable. You won't mind hearing it. In fact songs such as Sold Me Out have a definite, move-to-the-music appeal. Ditto I Got No Nothing.
However, once it's over, there isn't a lot that will necessarily stay with you either.
Sure I can see a couple of these cuts getting some radio airplay because they have that friendly beat, but then again can anyone remember what song was number 15 on the charts last week?
This is sort of that disposable, good for the moment music, which is to say it is rather typical of a lot of the music churned out these days. The world is generally happy with three weeks of radio play as it moves on to the next hit of the moment.
The good news for The Danks is that they have at least found a way to tap into the 'sound'. Songs such as In The Beginning work for today. They can hopefully grow from that to aspire to something a bit more lasting in the future.
That said, this is a CD you are going to like. You are likely to play it a lot for a few days, maybe a couple of weeks, and that isn't a bad thing either.
Check them out at www.thedanks.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper April 22, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada