Citing influences from Hendrix to the Beatles, while drawing inspiration from contemporaries like Adele and the Black Keys, the Great Escape create something totally unique. Album opener, “All I Think About” is a hand-clapping, toe-tapping example of anything you hear on Top 40 today. But when the song breaks into an “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da”-esque guitar break, it’s evident that this is different. “The Secret Song” is, perhaps, the most staight-forward interpretation of ’60s influences melding with indieness, while the anthemic “It’s Getting Better” is a melodious throwback. From start to finish, the trio’s nine tracks are exciting, unpredictable and varied, making for a great listening experience.
And even though the trio landed somewhere in the ballpark of the Californian essence they so love, it’s the very un-LA raw, unpolished quality that makes the whole effort really work. An undefinable element brings authenticity and true musicianship to the work, whether it’s on a gritty guitar solo or in lead singer Amie Miriello’s Joplin-like vocals. As drummer Kristian Nord says, it’s “all about the performance, not about perfection.
“When a take had the right kind of vibe to it, we just moved on and didn’t even second guess it.”