Mike Madriaga 9:30 a.m., May 25
Down with Leo
1) Glasses in Wintertime
2) Who Are We Not the Same
3) Chester Copperpot
4) Uptown Underground
5) Trading Hands
Down with Leo has combined rhythms from Manchester, vocals from Dave Matthews, and a Pixies/Elvis Costello sensibility. Songs on this self-titled EP range from hand-clapping piano pop to moody, progressive alt-rock.
Their tempo is slow without dragging. There really aren't any solos, only breaks in the vocals that act as cooling-off periods. Down with Leo has perfected pace changes and sophisticated compositions to make every song interesting.
Lyrically, each track tells a story, and the narrative is revealed as the song builds. From the first song, "Glasses in Wintertime," we get the idea of a relationship gone awry: "Nothing ever seems to start like you promised me in all the books you had me read." The song's chorus adds to the theme: "Still I got nothing left to give, so I'll give it all. Bring roses if I fall. Bring roses if I fall."
--- Hometown CD Review 9-27-07