New American Saint
Side Cho 1020
Released on October 4, 2005
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It’s amazing what sorts of change a couple of years can bring to an up-and-coming act — just ask Jersey-based Tokyo Rose. In ‘03, the melodic punk quartet entered the fray with their upbeat, energetic debut, Reinventing a Lost Art. Though the album served its purpose rather well, the foursome found some room for improvement and quickly acted upon it, re-tooling
their line-up and redefining their musical vision. The result is New American Saint. Infusing a host of new influences outside their traditional genre boundaries, Tokyo Rose’s sophomore effort offers an array of additional instrumentation and pristine, yet comfortable production courtesy of Matt Goldman (Copeland). “We wanted to go for a different feel than what we had done in the past,” notes bassist Chris Poulsen. That doesn’t mean Tokyo Rose eschewed its melodic rock foundation. The more mature and focused New American Saint simply expands upon the stable base of the band’s debut, with the catchy, motivated
“Goodbye Almond Eyes,” the formidable “Spectacle,” and the introspection of the title track. Refinement never sounded better.