Rock Plaza Central – …At The Moment Of Our Most Needing Or If Only They Could Turn Around, They Would Know They Weren’t Alone (2009)

11.24.2009

The title of the new record by Rock Plaza Central says a lot about the album itself.  It is an epic journey full of music so creative and compelling, it makes me remember why artists are so intriguing. If you look at a painting, film, or anything artistic from the heart, you can look at it a thousand different ways and discover something new every time.  Singer and guitarist Chris Eaton has an amazing knack for writing lyrics like a novel and portraying them in a unique and amusing way.  I say to anyone checking out RPC for the first time to allow Eaton’s voice to grow on you like Destroyer, Joanna Newsom, or even Jeff Mangum and you will get the reason I find it so charming and haunting.  The album feels like a journey in which battles exist and travel is hard on everyone.  It has a loose narrative from Faulkner’s Light of August, but it doesn’t shine through too much in the music.  I just love the instrumentation and storytelling Eaton presents in front of us.  I would best describe this album as music for artists.  I myself as a musician feel this album hits home in many ways and I strongly believe RPC is one of the best indie rock bands out there today.  I was lucky enough to see them about 2 years ago and their live show is as amazing and energetic as all of their albums.

Standout Tracks: “(The World Is) Good Enough”, “(Don’t You Believe the Words Of) Handsome Men”

For Fans Of: Neutral Milk Hotel, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Phosphorescent, Califone, Rural Alberta Advantage, O’Death, Ola Podrida, Mount Eerie (The Microphones)

Myspace / Buy

-Steve

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