Baltimore-based alt-rock band Agents of the Sun is
picking up some well-known fans for their hard rock theatrics. (Tennis
star Venus Williams recommends them on her website.) They're not quite
hard enough to be exactly called metal or punk (which is not necessarily a
bad thing), though they certainly pound out some heavy hooks and angry
vocals. As it is, they are sort of an interesting blend of the
strengths of Simple Plan and Lifehouse.
The band is at its best in a quartet of poppier
numbers in the middle of the disk, the more emo "Therapy," the lovely pop
tune "Camouflage," the old-school classic rock moves of "Not Enough" and the
proto-new-wave-meets-prog-rock track "Murder on the Yellow Brick Road."
Also very nice is the aptly titled album closer "Sweet Ending." If
they mined this commercial vein a little more they might stand out from the
pack a bit.
None of the songs here will stick with you forever,
but there are enough good riffs and catchy choruses to definitely make it
worth giving the disk a spin.